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17th Century Tokens : Looe in Cornwall

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

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Looe

Under this head we include both East and West Looe, which, though two boroughs down to 1832, are in reality one town. Only one of the Looe tokens distinguishes to which division the issuer belonged.
W34: Cornwall, Looe (Farthing): (1664)
O  A dolphin
WILLIAM AMBROSE
R  W A
IN LOOE 1664 W A
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Ambrose was a "capital burgess of East Looe, and in 1654 signed the indenture of return, as member for the Looes, of Anthony Rous; and in 1658 those of John Kendall and John Buller." At the former election the two boroughs were united.
W35: Cornwall, Looe (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  I C
IOHN CHANDLER I C
R  I C
IN LOOE I C
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W36: Cornwall, Looe (Farthing): (1666)
O  The Mercers' Arms
PEETER COADE
R  P C
OF LOWE 1666 P C
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There is said to be a variety reading LOOE.

Peter Coad's name is also attached, like Ambrose's, but as a simple burgess, to indentures of return to Parliament for the boroughs in 1654 and 1658. William Code sat for East Looe in 1640. Peter appears to have been a member of the family of Coode of Menheniot, an adjacent parish.

W37: Cornwall, Looe (Farthing): (1668)
O  Three-masted ship with sail
ELIZABETH HENDRA
R  E H
OF LOWE 1668 E H
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The Hendras are a very old family of the adjacent town of Liskeard. If the ship is intended to represent the borough arms, this issuer also belonged to East Looe.
W38: Cornwall, Looe (Farthing): (1656)
O  The Mercers' Arms
BENIAMIN OBEN
R  B O
IN LOOE 1656 B O
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This family gave mayors to East Looe.
W39: Cornwall, Looe (Farthing): (1669)
O  An anchor
RICHARD STADGELL
R  R S
IN EAST LOOE 1669 R S
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Rich Scadgell, senr., and Richard Scadgell, junr., with other members of the family, were appointed free burgesses of East Looe under the charter of James II in 1685. A Richard Scagell paid for the freedom of Liskeard as born without the borough in 1604-5; and he was in all probability an ancestor of the issuer. Peter Scadgell, merchant, was Mayor of Plymouth, 1671-2. The name has been lost to the locality.

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