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17th Century Tokens : Wantage 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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Wantage

In the Wantage series of tokens there are described three halfpennies and sixteen farthings.

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

14 times WANTAGE
2 times WANTING
1 time WONTAGE
1 time WANTINGE
1 time WANTIDGE

Mr. Walter L. Nash, of the Ham, Wantage, has favoured me with information respecting the issuers of Wantage tokens.

W144: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (1652)
O  2 keys crossed
WILLIAM ALDWORTH
R  W A
OF WANTAGE 1652 W A
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In 1659 this William Aldworth was a churchwarden.

In 1643 there was a Thomas Aldworth, a shoemaker in Wantage; in 1656 he is noted as a governor of the town-lands. There are descendants of the name still living in Wantage.

There is a family of this name of long standing in the county.

This token is struck on extremely thin metal, which may account for its rarity now. It is not in the British Museum.

W145: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  I B
IOHN BEALLE I B
R  A roll of tobacco
IN WANTAGE
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W146: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IOHN CLEMENT
R  I C
IN WONTAGE I C
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The Clements are of yeoman stock. They have at various times been churchwardens and governors of the town-lands. In 1664 a Robert Clement was a bailie of the Hundred of Wanting. Direct descendants still live in Wantage.
W147: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IOHN COLEMAN
R  I C
ON WANTAGE I C
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W148: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (1660)
O  the Apothecaries' Arms
WILLIAM CVLLY 1660
R  W I C
IN WANTAGE W I C
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In 1663 this William Cully was a churchwarden.
There appear to be no descendants now in Wantage.
W149: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  T M G
THOMAS GROVE T M G
R  A crown
AT YE IN WANTIDGE
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His name occurs in 1663 as living in a house belonging to Jeffery Masemore.
W150: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Three pigeons
DANIELL HOWES
R  D G H
IN WANTAGE D G H
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This Daniel Howes kept the "Three Pigeons Inn" in Wantage. The old sign-board, with three pigeons carved in relief, still exists. A direct descendant, Daniel Howes, sadler, lives in Wantage.

In 1672 William Howse was churchwarden.

W151: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (1667)
O  The Weavers' Arms
IOHN HVNSDON
R  I E H
IN WANTAGE 1667 I E H
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W152: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A bear passant with chain
THO HVRDMAN AT THE
R  T I H
BEARE IN WANTAGE T I H
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The "Bear Inn" is still the principal inn at Wantage; it was so also in the seventeenth century.
W154: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (1653)
O  The Grocers' Arms
WILLIAM MASMORE
R  W M
IN WANTAGE 1653 W M
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In 1656 William Mazemore was elected a governor of the town lands.
This token is one of the most common in the Berkshire series.
W155: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (1657)
O  The Grocers' Arms
WILLIAM MASMORE
R  W M
IN WANTAGE 1657 W M
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W156: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (1663)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IEFFERY MASMORE
R  I M
IN WANTAGE 1663 I M
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In 1660 Jeffery Masemore was a churchwarden.
In 1657 he signed churchwardens' accounts as a parishioner.
In 1693 a Jeffery Masemore was a governor of town lands. None of the name are now in Wantage.
W157: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (1654)
O  A fleur-de-lis, or a merchant's mark
EDWARD PENER
R  E P
OF WANTAGE 1654 E P
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In 1660 a John Pener was churchwarden.
W158: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A lion rampant
IOHN SEYMOR AT GOLD
R  I M S
IN WANTING MERCE I M S
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W160: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (1667)
O  A lion passant
IOHN WEBB IN
R  I E W
WANTAGE 1667 I E W
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In a deed dated 1677, Thomas Webb, gentleman, of Charlton, is mentioned. Thomas Webb, yeoman, is mentioned in a deed dated 1650.

There is some reason for thinking that John Webb, issuer of the token, was a grocer.

In 1603 there was a Gregory Webb, town bailiff, who administered the funds of the governors of the town lands. A descendant of the Webbs who were in Wantage in the seventeenth century is at present living in the town.

W161: Berkshire, Wantage (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Arms; two bendlets
IOHN WHITFEILD OF
R  I W
WANTAGE MERCER I W
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