13 Jul 2003, 6:20 p.m. - Jeff Pruett

John Spong was a "musical friend" of Pepys. from _Samuel Pepys, A Life_, by Stephen Coote.

15 Jul 2003, 3:39 a.m. - vincent

On two occasions, Sprong came to SP's place both in Feb 1660 on a Tuesday (21st & 28th): "and Mr. Spong who staid late with me singing of a song or two, and so parted" "Then home, where I found Mr. Sheply almost drunk, come to see me, afterwards Mr. Spong comes, with whom I went up and played with him a Duo or two, and so good night."

23 Oct 2003, 11:30 p.m. - Paul Brewster

L&M Companion: "The Spong who is a clerk in the Six Clerks' Office of Chancery http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1058/ in 1660 is apparently the same man who after 1662 is a maker of optical instruments, living in 1668 in Bloomsbury market. His arrest on suspicion of treason in 1662 would explain his disappearance from government service. He was born in 1623; a 'John Spoung' (? his father) died in St. Bride's parish in 1644."

12 Mar 2010, 10:10 a.m. - GrahamT

Spong is the name of the most common meat mincer in the UK, so familiar to almost anyone here. Allegedly, its inventor, John Osbourne Spong was descended from this John Spong and via another line, the daughter Frances of “La Belle Stuart”, though the link is tenous. More detail here. http://www.zyworld.com/felbridge/handouts/Spong.htm

19 Apr 2022, 6:27 a.m. - Neil Wallace

And possibly nowadays a Spong coffee grinder would be equally well known? https://www.home-barista.com/grinders/spong-coffee-mills-grinder-for-23rd-century-t16165.html And there is always Spong Man from North Elmham in Norfolk? https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/spong-man


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