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17th Century Tokens : Tiverton in Devonshire

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

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W313: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1664)
O  A fleece
FRANCIS BELLAMY
R  F B
OF TIVERTON 1664 F B
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W314: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1661)
O  A fleece
RICHARD BELLAMY
R  R H B
OF TIVERTON 1661 R H B
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W316: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1658)
O  The family arms
THOMAS DAYMAN
R  T A D
OF TIVERTON 58 T A D
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The arms are, gules, three fusils conjoined in fess argent, in a shield. The fusil, an elongated lozenge (derived from French fusée, a spindle full of yarn), may have been selected as their arms for a double reason--first, to show their occupation of woollen manufacturers; second, as a rebus on their original name of Diamond. This person's name is spelt Deyman in the old Parish Register.
W318: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Three diamonds, two and one
WILLIAM DAYMAN
R  W A D
BARRINTON TIVERTON W A D
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Barrington is one of the old streets of the town.
W319: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1664)
O  Three diamonds, two and one
WILLIAM DIAMAN
R  W A D
IN TIVERTON 1664 W A D
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From the device on the Obverse and the initials on the Reverse being like the preceding one, it is likely this token was issued by the same person.
W320: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1652)
O  The Mercers' Arms
THOMAS FOWLER
R  T F
IN TIVERTON 1652 T F
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He was acting Churchwarden in 1647, and Mayor of the Borough in 1665.
W322: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1657)
O  1657
IOHN GODDARD OF 1657
R  I G conjoined
TIVERTON DEVONSHR I G
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J G was acting Churchwarden in 1641. He was also one of the Trustees of Chilcott's Charity, and his autograph appears in their old account-book. He died in 1663, and it is recorded on his tomb that he was "some time Maior of this Borough."
W323: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1659)
O  A cloth brush (?)
FRANCIS HOW 1659
R  F A H
IN TYVERTON F A H
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His death is recorded in the old Church Register, June 5th, 1667.
W324: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1667)
O  Three moor cocks
GREGORY MAVRY
R  G S M
IN TIVERTON 1667 G S M
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It is probable the moor fowl was a punning device referring to the name of the issuer, pronounced Moorey. We learn from the old Church Register that he was a clothier, and that his wife's Christian name was Sidwell.
W326: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1661)
O  1661
IOHN PATEE
R  I P
IN TIVERTON I P
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W328: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A fleur-de-lys
THOMAS SAMFORD
R  T A S
IN TIVERTON T A S
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He was acting Churchwarden in 1669. His name is spelt Sampford by the local historian, Martin Dunsford.
W329: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1651)
O  Three fleurs-de-lys
AQVILA SKINNER
R  A C S
OF TIVERTON 1651 A C S
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W330: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1651)
O  Three fleurs-de-lys
AQVILA SKINNER
R  A C S
OF TYVERTON 1651 A C S
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A S was a Mercer, and was Churchwarden in 1637. There is a singular letter, still preserved, from the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, to Thomas Fowler, Esq., Mayor of Tiverton, dated Exon, March 15th, 1655, giving orders that Aquila Skinner and four others (named) should be turned out of the Corporation, as "Enemies to the Commonwealth," and that five others (named) should take their places, and if any of the persons named do refuse to yield obedience hereunto, then you are to give me an account thereof that I may take an effectual course for the same.

(Signed)
DESBOROUGH

W331: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A man making candles
RICHARD STRANGAR TALLOW
R  R P S
CHANLER IN TIVERTON R P S
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W332: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1657)
O  1657
IOHN VPCOTT 1657
R  I V
OF TIVERTON I V
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He was Churchwarden in 1645. The family afterwards removed to Collumpton, and took their trade of clothiers with them.
W334: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1666)
O  A diamond
THOMAS WEBBER IN
R  T K W
TIVERTON 1666 T K W
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We learn from the Church Register that he was a clother.
W335: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1657)
O  A diamond, fleur-de-lis mintmark
THOMAS WHICHAR
R  T K W and fleur-de-lis mintmark
OF TIVERTON 57 T K W
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This rare and hitherto unpublished token, recently acquired by the writer, was dug up some years ago in a garden at Tiverton.
W336: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1663)
O  1663
RICHARD WOOD 1663
R  R E W
IN TIVERTON R E W
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He was Churchwarden in 1670.
W337: Devonshire, Tiverton (Farthing): (1657)
O  A lion rampant
AT THE RED LION
R  T I
IN TIVRTON 1657 T I
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The name of the issuer represented by the initials T I is not now known.

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