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17th Century Tokens : Maiden_Newton-Milton_Abbas 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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W100: Dorsetshire, Maiden Newton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  R B
DRAPER IN R B
R  R B
MAIDE NEWTON R B
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W101: Dorsetshire, Melcombe Regis (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A ship
THOMAS HIDE IN
R  T H
MELY REGIS WAYMOVTH T H
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W102: Dorsetshire, Melcombe Regis (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A ship
THOMAS HIDE IN
R  T H
MELY REGIS WAYMOTH T H
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Thomas Hyde was a merchant in and Mayor of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis in 1662, 1676, and 1680. In Hutchins (ii. 436) "Mr. Bailiffe Hide" is mentioned as being present at a hall held 23rd January, 1666. On the 11th February, 1700/1, John Thorne, one of the constables, reported him for saying that the Just-asses were not at home. --Weymouth Town Council Records. (see No. 199, post.)

The name of "Mr. Hyde" appears as one of the Town Council present on the 14th September, 1685, when the order was given for the gallows to be erected at Greenhill for the purpose of carrying out the precept from the Sheriff, ordering the execution of twelve persons who had been sentenced to be hanged by "Judge Jeffreys," and the due disposal of their corpses.

The manner in which the quarters and heads of the unfortunate victims were disposed of is shown in the ghastly list, taken from the minutes, given in the "Descriptive Catalogue of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis Borough Records," edited by H. J. Moule in 1883, p. 85.

Thomas Hyde was buried in Melcombe Regis Churchyard on 2nd September, 1702.

(For further notices of him, see Mr. Moule's Catalogue, class iii. 126, 135; vi. 117; vii. 53.) [See post, No. 199.]

W103: Dorsetshire, Melcombe Regis (Farthing): (1656)
O  G P conjoined
GEORGE PLEY IN 1656 G P
R  A ship
WAYMOVTH AND MELCOM
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George Pley was a merchant, residing at the south-east end of East Street, near the Quay. There were two George Pleys about this time, and it is uncertain which of them issued the token. One George Pley is described as "Captn. George Pley;' the other as "Geo. Pley the younger, probably a son of Captain George Pley. The latter was mayor in 1659, and George Pley, the younger, in 1666. One or the other was also mayor in 1651 and 1670. (See list of mayors given in Hutchins ii. 438.) In 1674 Captain George Pley entertained "my Lord Chief Justice and Judge," for which he was paid by the town £2 15s.

George Pley (Captn. ?) was married at Melcombe Regis Church to Constance Wise on 2nd June, 1635.

George Pley (younger ?) was buried in Melcombe Regis Churchyard on 28th March, 1690. (For further pariculars see Mr. Moule's Catalogue iii. 120, 138, and Hutchins, ii. 436.)

W104: Dorsetshire, Melcombe Regis (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  I A S
IOHN SWETNAM OF I A S
R  I A S
MELCONB DRAPER I A S
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W105: Dorsetshire, Melcombe Regis (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  I A S
IOHN SWETNAM OF I A S
R  I A S
MELCON DRAPER I A S
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Boyne (ed . 1858, p. 421, No. 188) gives this as a Suffolk token, under Melton.

John Swetman (sic) was Mayor of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis in 1652, and at a hall held on Monday, the 23rd January, 1666, the name of "Mr. Swetnam" appears as one of those present (Hutchins ii. 436, 438).

N.B.--This token affords an instance in which the usual way of placing the initial of the surnames over that of the Christian names of the husband and wife has been departed from.

W106: Dorsetshire, Milton Abbas (Farthing): (1669)
O  The Drapers' Arms
GEORGE CLEEVE IN
R  G C
MILLTON ABBY 1669 G C
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W107: Dorsetshire, Milton Abbas (Farthing): (1651)
O  The Grocers' Arms
ZANCHY HARVYN OF
R  Z H
ABBY MILTON 1651 Z H
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