SPANTON, William

1822 - 1870

William Spanton, was born at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk on 3 February and baptised at St James's Church, Bury St Edmund's on 4 March 1822, son of William Spanton and his wife Helen née Clarke. Young William married at Bury St Edmund's in 1843, Sarah King. A plumber & glazier at 42 Abbeygate Steet, Bury St Edmund's and by 1861 had established his 'Repository of Arts and West Suffolk Photographic Establishment' at 16 Abbeygate Street. A man of many parts, combining the conduct of the 'Repository' with his work as a house decorator, paper-hanger, plumber, glazier, carver, gilder and painter. He also designed the four-storeyed house in Abbeygate Street in which he had his business. In 1851, a 39 year old plumber &c., living at 16 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmund's with his 41 year old wife Sarah and their children, William Silas [q.v.], Sarah Rebecca 10 and Hannah Kate 9, all born in Bury St Edmund's, and employed his 57 year old widowed mother as 'shopwoman'. His success in his photographic studio induced him to give up his other concerns, except that of framing and gilding which remained part of the business. He died at Bury St Edmund's on 20 January 1870 at the age of forty-seven.