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17th Century Tokens : Coxwell-Faringdon in Berkshire

W Numbers refer to Williamson's  Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century in England, Wales and Ireland, (1891)

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Coxwell

There is but one token issued from Little Coxwell, this village being described on the token as LITLE COXALL PARVA.
W18: Berkshire, Coxwell (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Arms
IOHN HARVEY IN
R  I A H
LITLE COXALL PARVA I A H
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Faringdon

In the Faringdon series there are two halfpennies, one of which is heart-shaped, and nine farthings.

The name of the town is spelt by the issuers as follows:

5 times FARRINGDON
3 times FARINGDON
2 times [including a variety] FARINDON
1 time FARINGTON

Mr. Walter Haines, of Faringdon, has kindly favoured me with notes respecting the issuers. He also gives me the following information regarding the "Port" of Faringdon:

"The town is cut in half by a stream; one half is called Port, the other Westbrook (obviously west of the brook). Port is, I imagine, that part of the town which lay within the ports or gates of the walls. This part of the town contains the Church, Market-place, and Town-hall, and is probably coextensive with the old Saxon town, Westbrook being a mere modern excrescence of about the fifteenth or sixteenth century."

The extracts of payments are from the accounts of the charity founded by Sir Henry Unton in 1591 for the benefit of the inhabitants of the port of Faringdon, Berks.

W19: Berkshire, Faringdon (Farthing): (1656)
O  A man making candles
IOHN BARRETT
R  I H B
IN FARINGDON 1656 I H B
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The following is an extract from the "Unton Accounts":

"1647. Itm pd John Barrett for five bushells of lime used in repairacon of the port well 5s."

W20: Berkshire, Faringdon (Farthing): (1662)
O  I M B
IOHN BARRETT I M B
R  1662
IN FARRINGDON 1662
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W21: Berkshire, Faringdon (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Ironmongers' Arms
PHILLIP COLLYER
R  P E C
FARRINGDON P E C
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There is an extract from the "Unton Accounts":

"1642. Pd Jonas Butler and Phillip Collyer pt of one weeks contribucon for the Port for the Lord Crafard £2 7s. 9d."

And another:

"1649-52. Pd Phillip Collyar for a revings bill and a naile to the geate of the sands."

In addition to the many notes, also in the "Unton Accounts," relative to the immediate ancestors of Phillip Collyer, it should be mentioned that the name largely appears in local records, and is still to be found in these parts.

From a tablet in the church at Great Coxwell: The Revd David Collier charged certain Lands in the Hamlet of Little Coxwell with the payment of 8 Bushels of Barley yearly on 29th Septer for teaching 2 poor children of this parish to read, write and cast accounts for ever. The Payment latterly made in money has been estimated by the Churchwardens on the average price of Barley at Faringdon Market.

In the year 1601 and subsequently we find entries in the "Unton Accounts" of moneys paid to a Collyer for keeping the "Towne Armor" in proper order. This service was principally performed by one Toby Collyer, to whose name stand many items.

W22: Berkshire, Faringdon (Farthing): (1657)
O  The Grocers' Arms
THOMAS COWLEY
R  T M C
IN FARRINGDON 57 T M C
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W24: Berkshire, Faringdon (Farthing): (1663)
O  The Grocers' Arms
RICHARD FOWLER
R  R A F
IN FARINDON 1663 R A F
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W25: Berkshire, Faringdon (Farthing): (1657)
O  The Grocers' Arms
RICHARD FOWLER
R  R I F
IN FARINDON 1657 R I F
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W27: Berkshire, Faringdon (Farthing): (1668)
O  A bell
THOMAS SHEPARD
R  T A S
IN FARINGDON 68 T A S
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W28: Berkshire, Faringdon (Farthing): (1652)
O  The Grocers' Arms
EDWARD STEVENS IN
R  E A S
FARINGTON 1652 E A S
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His ancestors are named in the "Unton Accounts":

"1601. For a keye and box to David Colliare and Wm. Stevens xd."

W29: Berkshire, Faringdon (Farthing): (1667)
O  The Mercers' Arms
SYMON TVRNER IN 1667
R  S M T
FARRINGDON MERCER S M T
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Extracts from the "Unton Accounts":

"1601. More for the beadles cote to Symon Turner, vs ijd.

"1625. It. paid by Symon Turner, xiijs iiijd.

"1630. Bill of charges allowed for defending the suite in Chancerie comenced by Symon Turner against the ffeoffees or brotherhood of the porte of ffarringdon"

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