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17th Century Tokens : Sonning-Wallingford 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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Sonning

There were two 17th century tokens issued from the village of Sonning, near Reading. These are very rare. Neither was noted in the late edition of Boyne, nor is there a specimen of either in the British Museum. The name is spelt SVNNING.
W127: Berkshire, Sonning (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A pair of scales within a frame
THOMAS BALL
R  T B within a circle
IN SVNNING T B
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The Ven. Archdeacon Pott, writing from Sonning Vicarage, says:

"I have searched the Registers here from about the years 1660 to 1680, and find entries of the names of 'Thomas Ball' and 'Hugh Ball,' but only bare entries of the names of their families, nothing else of special note."

W128: Berkshire, Sonning (Farthing): (1664)
O  A sugar loaf
FRANCIS : FIELDER OF
R  F F
SVNNING TOWNE 1664 F F
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There is no entry at all of the name of "Fielder" in the parish registers at the period when this token was issued.

The name, however, is still met with in neighbouring parishes.

Wallingford

In the Wallingford series of tokens we have five half-pennies and ten farthings.

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

12 times WALLINGFORD
2 times WALLINGFORDE
1 time WALLING FORDE

Mr. J. Kirby Hedges, of Wallingford Castle, and Mr. W. R. Davies, of Overthorpe House, Wallingford, have kindly favoured me with information, which is inserted after the descriptions of the tokens.

Except where otherwise stated, the families of issuers have either died out or disappeared from the neighbourhood.

W129: Berkshire, Wallingford (Farthing): (1669)
O  The Ironmongers' Arms
IOHN ANGIER IRON
R  I A 1669
MONGER IN WALINGFORD I A 1669
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In 1681 William Angier (who was then a burgess of the borough) and his sister build and endowed an almshouse at Wallingford, still standing.

The name, spelt "Anger," is still found in the neighbourhood.

This token is rarely met with.

W131: Berkshire, Wallingford (Farthing): (1664)
O  The Grocers' Arms
ANTHONY BOVLTER
R  A B 1664
IN WALLINGFORD A B 1664
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W132: Berkshire, Wallingford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A chandler at work
IOHN BVCKLAND
R  I M B
IN WALLINGFORD I M B
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He was Mayor of Wallingford in 1690, 1695, and 1699.
The family has died out.
W133: Berkshire, Wallingford (Farthing): (1659)
O  Arms of the Eldred family, on a bend raguly, three bezants
PHILIP ELDRED APOTHICARY
R  P A E
OF WALLINGFORD 59 P A E
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This token is met with more frequently than other Wallingford tokens, but it is generally in very poor condition. Moreover, specimens have come to me from distant counties. It was a token, therefore, probably much circulated.
W135: Berkshire, Wallingford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Arms of the Goodwin family; a lion rampant between three fleur-de-lys
ION GOODWIN DRAPER
R  I G
IN WALLINGFORDE I G
Berkshire-0135_0 Farthing,  Farthing in  of
Mr. W. R. Davies, of Overthorpe House, Wallingford, informs me that the draper's business carried on by John Goodwin is now conducted by Messrs. Field and Hawkins.
W136: Berkshire, Wallingford (Farthing): (1652)
O  Arms; two chevrons, on the upper one a crescent for a difference
ANN HALL OF
R  A A H
WALLING FORDE 1652 A A H
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The name "Hall" is still common in the neighbourhood.
W137: Berkshire, Wallingford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O 
SAMVELL PEARCE
R  S A P
OF WALLINGFORD S A P
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The "St. George and Dragon" has disappeared.
The name "Pearce" still exists in the neighbourhood.
W138: Berkshire, Wallingford (Farthing): (1664)
O 
THO PHIPS OF
R  T S P 1664
WALLINGFORD T S P 1664
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W141: Berkshire, Wallingford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O 
THOMAS RVSDEN
R  T A R
IN WALLINGFORDE T A R
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W143: Berkshire, Wallingford (Farthing): (1669)
O  A lamb
SILLVANUS WIGGINS YE
R  S A W
IN WALLINGFORD 69 S A W
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In 1709 Silvanus Wiggins was a member of the Corporation, and is described as Silvanus Wiggins the Elder, of the house formerly known by the name of the "Bell," and then of the "Lamb."

The "Lamb Hotel" is still going.

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