Walter Sprott

Walter Sprott

Walter Sprott was a solicitor based in Tunbridge Wells.


By 1862 the practice and Lower House had been acquired by Walter Sprott, who had been born at Tunbridge Wells in about 1825, probably the son of a solicitor of the same name. Walter Sprott, his wife, five children and three servants were enumerated in Mayfield High Street in 1881. The family included his eldest son Frank Walter Sprott (born c1863), articled to his father, who was to qualify as a solicitor in 1884. By 1940 Frank Sprott was in partnership with Walter Ralph Clement Sprott, probably his son, who left the firm between 1962 and 1970 (Law List). In 1929 and 1933 the firm also had offices in Crowborough and at Oxted in Surrey.

Sprotts of Mayfield had merged with Cripps, Harries Hall (now Cripps Pemberton Greenish) of Tunbridge Wells before 1981 and the Mayfield offices closed between 1986 and 1988. The history of the firm can be traced from the eighteenth century, most conveniently through the stewardships of the manor of Bivelham in Mayfield and Hammerden in Ticehurst, which its partners held from 1777 to 1858.”

2002: Mayfield School: Sprott Prize, awarded annually after a vote among peers to the most popular boy and girl in Year 6.


Death and Burial

 Walter died in 1844.


Walter Sprott is buried in Trinity Cemetery with his daughter Sophia and second wife Mary.

Walter SPROTT (Number 1213) Buried 10th May 1844.   61 years Tunbridge Wells.  Mary SPROTT (Number 2044) Buried 2nd July 1881.  87 years Trinity (Tunbridge Wells). E. Sophia SPROTT (Number 2058) Buried 24th February 1899. 81 years Christ Church (Tunbridge Wells).

North Face      Sacred/to the memory of/Walter SPROTT/of Tunbridge Wells/who died 3. May 1844/aged 61 years

South Face   Also of/Mary/widow of Walter SPROTT/of Tunbridge Wells/who died 29 June 1881/aged 87 years

East Face  Also/of/Sophia SPROTT/—-/—-


Grave Location

 The grave is located at A18.



Walter Sprott’s will is available at the National Archives.


Some of Walter Sprott’s letters are held at The Keep in Brighton