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17th Century Tokens : Reading-01 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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Reading

In the Reading series of tokens there are four halfpennies, one of which is heart-shaped, and fifty-nine farthings.

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

37 times READING
10 times REDING
6 times READINGE
6 times REDDING
2 times READINE
1 time REDDEN
1 time REDIN

None of the Reading tokens, with the exception, perhaps, of the farthing of William Malthus, are at all commonly met with.

I much regret that the information regarding the families is so very scanty, but it is most difficult to obtain reliable or extensive information in a case where a large town consists of sundry parishes.

The Rev. J. M. Guilding, M.A., Vicar of St. Lawrence, Reading, when kindly trying to assist me, writes:

"This town consisted of three ancient parishes, and, therefore, to verify all the names given in your list by consulting the registers of the respective parishes would be impossible."

Dr. Joseph Stevens, of Reading, favours me with the following interesting account of a recent find of 17th century tokens in that town:

"There are 26 tokens in all found in the foundations of the 'Old Bull' Inn, and 23 of them were placed in my hand as taken from under the bricks in a corner of the building; and I am doubtful of only one of these--a 'cripple farthing of Andover, Remember the Poor'--the rest were all similar as regards the condition they were in (covered with a green patination). I examined the corner, and the brickwork, and there was a small hollow (cup-shaped) in which they were found. I was on the spot within ten minutes of their being discovered, and so optained some coarse brown ware, thickly glazed, of about the same period, from close by."

"List of 23 tokens found in left hand corner, on entering foundations of 'Old Bull' Inn, Broad Street, corner of Cross Street, November 17th, 1885:

1 WILLIAM LOVEGROVE 1664
1 Illegible
1 CRIPPLE-FARTHING, ANDOVER
2 THOS. GRAPE WOKINGHAM
1 WILLIAM TAYLOR
1 WILLIAM BVRLY
1 ROBERT CREED
1 RICHARD BROWNE
1 SOL BARNARD
1 FRANCES BROWN
1 EDWARD PINNILL
1 MARY BLOWER
1 ROBERT SMART
1 THOS MACHIN (Apothecary)
1 ROBERT PIDGION
1 FRANCIS TASSELL (IN WOKINGHAM)
1 IOHN CLEMENTS (IN WOKINGHAM)
2 DANIELL MARTIN (IN WOKINGHAM)
1 IAMES BLVNT
1 IOHN HARRISON

"They are all farthings.

"The above are 22; the 23rd I mention separately, as being a rather remarkable farthing to fund under the circumstances, thus:

BICKONSFIELD THOMAS COCKLE Represented by a COCK

"Boyne gives, I see, perhaps the same coin (the only one for BEACONSFIELD), but spells the word BECKENSFIELD, and gives no emblem.

"Probably the contributors of the tokens were friends of the owner of the Bull or of the builder at the time."

W64: Berkshire, Reading (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A man making candles
RICHARD BAGLY
R  R B
IN READING R B
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A Richard Bagly was a seat-holder in the "North Ile" in St. Laurence Church, Reading, in 1607.
W65: Berkshire, Reading (Farthing): (1653)
O  A rabbit
SOLOMON BARNARD
R  S E B
IN REDING 1653 S E B
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The name is still found in the neighbourhood.
W66: Berkshire, Reading (Farthing): (1652)
O  The Grocers' Arms
MARY BLOWER
R  M B
OF REDING 1652 M B
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The name still exists.
W67: Berkshire, Reading (Farthing): (1666)
O  A horse
IAMES BLVNT AT BLACK
R  I E B
IN READING 1666 I E B
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The Black Horse Inn is still existing.
W68: Berkshire, Reading (Farthing): (1664)
O  The King's Arms
HENRY BOAD IN
R  H A B
READING 1664 H A B
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The King's Arms Inn is no longer standing.
W69: Berkshire, Reading (Farthing): (1666)
O  A woolpack
EDWARD BOWLAND
R  E E B
IN READING 1666 E E B
Image not available
W70: Berkshire, Reading (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Bakers' Arms
FRANCES BROWN
R  F K B
IN REDIN BAKER F K B
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W71: Berkshire, Reading (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Three fishes
IOHN BROWNE AT 3
R  I C B
IN READINE I C B
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W72: Berkshire, Reading (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Bakers' Arms
RICHARD BROWNE
R  R A B
BAKER OF REDING R A B
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W73: Berkshire, Reading (Farthing): (1665)
O  A hand holding a glove
WILLIAM BVRLY
R  W E B
IN READING 1655 W E B
Image not available
The name still exists.
W74: Berkshire, Reading (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A mill cramp
THOMAS BYE OF
R  T L B and a sack of flour
READING MEALMAN 1655 W E B
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