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17th Century Tokens : Abbotsbury-Beaminster in Dorsetshire

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

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W1: Dorsetshire, Abbotsbury (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A man holding a dagger
IOHN BAILY
R  I E B
IN ABBOTS BVRY I E B
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In the parish register occurs the following entry:
"John Baily and Grace Harvey were married 11th Aug., 1673." From the wife's initial given above it seems rather doubtful whether this entry could have any allusion to the issuer of the token, unless, perhaps, he had married again.
W2: Dorsetshire, Abbotsbury (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Two pistols crossed
SAMVELL MILLER
R  S M
IN ABBOTS BVREY S M
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Beaminster

The ancient registers of this town were, as Hutchins in his "History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset" says, destroyed in the fire of 1684, from which time the present registers begin; but there are a few isolated entries preserved of the old parchment skins.
W3: Dorsetshire, Beaminster (Farthing): (1657)
O  The Mercers' Arms
HENRY BRAYNE
R  H B
OF BEMESTER 1657 H B
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W4: Dorsetshire, Beaminster (Farthing): (1667)
O  A wool-comb
WILLIAM CONWAYE
R  W C
OF BEMISTER 1667 W C
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The name of Conway occurs from time to time in the register, and on the 17th November, 1708, occurs the burial of "Mary, wife of William Conway."

There is a monument in the church to various members of the family, one of whom died so recently as 1854.

W5: Dorsetshire, Beaminster (Farthing): (1667)
O  A skill pierced by an arrow
LANCELOT COX
R  L C
OF BEAMISTER 1667 L C
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On the 4th June, 1689, occurs the burial of "Mary, wife of Launcelott Cox."
W6: Dorsetshire, Beaminster (Farthing): (1667)
O  A lion rampant
ROBERT HALLET MERCER
R  R H
IN BEAMISTER 1667 R H
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On 27th April, 1705, occurs the burial of "Peter, son of Robert Hallett," and on the 7th September, 1718, "Robert Hallett and Judith Conway were married."
W7: Dorsetshire, Beaminster (Farthing): (1668)
O  Two hands holding some instrument (gridiron or curry-comb)
LANCELOTT KEATE
R  L K
OF BEMINSTER 1668 L K
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The name of Keate is interesting in connection with Beaminster, in consequence of a member of that family having had an old Bible, in which was recorded the particulars of the sufferings of the inhabitants of the town during the great fire that broke out there in April, 1644, during the occupation of the place by Prince Maurice and his army at the time of the Civil War.

This book, about 1790, came into the possession of Mr. Samuel Cox, a member of a family well known in Beaminster at the present day. (Hutchins. 3rd ed. ii., 119.)

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