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In 1797 Finchcocks was bought by Robert Springett (1753-1826), from Hawkhurst.
The Springetts however were only destined to remain at Finchcocks for two generations.
The Reverend Richard Springett, eldest son of Robert, was forced to sell in 1860 to
recoup the financial losses of his younger brother William, described by a descendant
as a "well conducted bachelor, but not a business man".

Broyle Place

The history of this magnificent property dates back to 1138.
Various prestigious families are mentioned in the history of the Manor including
Theobald Archbishop of Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth 1, Sir William Springett and William Penn. The estate is half-moated with acres of lawns and surrounded by farmland.
    Ringmer Church


William Penn (who founded Pennsylvania) married Miss Gulielma Springett in 1672


The Manor of Great Dixter


The Gott family, sold Dixter in 1797 to George Springett (died 1819) for £2,550. He was a bachelor, as was his nephew and heir, another George Springett (died 1864), so in due course the house was inherited by the latter’s niece Sarah Elizabeth Springett (1839–1928), who married a Dr Pout, but understandably perhaps, she retained her maiden name. She never lived at Dixter, using it only for the shooting but let the house until she sold it to Nathaniel Lloyd in 1910.    

Bury Farm

Dating from the 1660's Bury Farm was the Quaker home of Isaac and Mary Pennington and it was here William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, came courting his future wife, Gulielma Springett, Mary's daughter.  

Arundel Castle Sir William Springett(b: 1620 d: 1643), Knight,  was born in Sussex, and
died 3 February 1643 as the result of a wound received during the siege of Arundel Castle
(in Sussex) in the service of William Cromwell

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 February 2007 )
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