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17th Century Tokens : Wokingham 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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Wokingham

In the Wokingham series of tokens there are two halfpennies and twelve farthings.

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

6 times WOKINGHAM
4 times OCKINGHAM
2 times WOCKINGHAM
1 time OKINGHAM
1 time OAKINGHAM

The Rev. J. T. Brown, of St. Paul's Rectory, Wokingham, in favouring me with some notes, says:

"The municipal records of the date of the tokens are destroyed, or, at all events, they have disappeared for years, and there are no entries of the names in the registers of the Parish Church."

None of the Wokingham tokens are common, except, perhaps, those issued by Thomas Grape and Richard Larance.

W176: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  W A
IN OCKINGHAM W A
R  W A
IN OCKINGHAM W A
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W177: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
WILL ANDARSON
R  W A
IN OCKINGHAM W A
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W179: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A pitcher
IOHN CLEMENTS
R  I M C
IN WOKINGHAM I M C
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W181: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (1667)
O  A lion rampant
THOMAS GRAPE
R  T D G
IN WOKINGHAM 1667 T D G
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The letter "P" in the name on this token is often indistinctly formed, so as almost to appear like the letter "Y."

This token, with its variety next following, is rather common.

W182: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (1668)
O  A lion rampant
THOMAS GRAPE
R  T D G
IN WOKINGHAM 1668 T D G
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W183: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A lion rampant
THOMAS GRAPE
R  T D G
IN WOKINGHAM T D G
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W184: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A wheatsheaf
RICHARD LARANCE
R  R A L
OKINGHAM R A L
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A name of very long standing in Wokingham.
This is the most common of the Wokingham tokens.
W185: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A man making candles
THOMAS MAY
R  T M
IN OAKINGHAM T M
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The last of this family died in 1886. He was farmers' churchwarden, etc. The family had lived in Wokingham for 250 years.

The specimen of this token in the British Museum has been silvered.

W186: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A bull lying down
GEORGE ROBINS IN
R  G R
WOKINGHAM MERCER G R
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The Rev. W. Goodchild, of Wellington College, Wokingham, writes:

"George Robins' bull must most likely have something to do with the Wokingham bull-ring. Perhaps the shop was near it."

W187: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Mercers' Arms
RICHARD SMITH
R  R S B
IN OCKINGHAM R S
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W188: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A chandler
RICHARD SMITH
R  R A S
IN WOCKINGHAM R A S
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W189: Berkshire, Wokingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Arms; 2 chevrons between 3 cross crosslets
ANTHONY SPEER
R  A E S
IN WOCKINGHAM A E S
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