Jane Sperring

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 16/02/2020
© Christine Gambles

Jane Sperring


Jane Messenger was baptised on the 10th June 1827 at St Mary the Virgin Speen Newbury and was the daughter of Charles & Mary Messenger (nee Liddiard) who were married on the 20th May 1815 at St Nicolas Church Newbury.

Other children of Charles & Mary Messenger were:

Mary Ann born c1816 baptised 25/8/1816 at St Nicolas Church Newbury

Hannah Sarah born c1819 baptised in Speen 28/7/1819

Harriett born c1823 baptised in Speen 21/9/1823 Abode: Shaw

Thomas Charles baptised in Speen 6/8/1829 Abode Shaw


Jane married James Walter Sperring in 1851 in Newbury and they had the following nine children:

Mary Ann 1852-1938, William 1854-1918, Jane 1856-1934, James 1859-1860, Harriet 1861-1927,

Hannah 1863-1930, Walter 1866-1951, Alice 1868-1920, Frank Sperring 1871-1871

In 1861 James, Jane and their three eldest children were living in Frederick Cottages in the parish of St John, their son James aged 1 having passed away the previous year. James was laid to rest in the Newtown Cemetery on the 22nd November 1860. The family were still living in the parish of St John in 1871 but were living in Edwards Cottages. Jane gave birth to their son Frank in the May of this year but sadly he only survived for 4 weeks, he was laid to rest in the Newtown Cemetery on the 26th June 1871. The family continued living in Edwards Cottages until at least 1881 but by 1891 they had moved to Prudential Villas Newbury. By 1901 they had moved again, this time to East Lynne Villas Newbury

Jane died aged 76 on 2nd June 1903 she was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 6th June.

James died aged 81 in 1911 and was laid to rest in the Newtown Cemetery on the 3rd June.

All five of James & Jane’s daughters are also buried in the Newtown Road Cemetery.

Newbury Weekly News

Dated 4th June 1903

Sperring – June 2ndat East Lynne Villa Newbury Jane, the wife of J.W. Sperring aged 76


Sources: as above

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