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17th Century Tokens : Poole-04 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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W124: Dorsetshire, Poole (Farthing): (1668)
O  1668
IOHN ROGERS 1668
R  I R
IN POOLE I R
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This was a name of some antiquity in Poole, for we find that John Rogers was mayor of the borough in 1572 and 1583. (See list of mayors in Sydenham's "History of Poole.")

On 17th October, 1662, the register records the marriage of John Rogers and Margaret Woodroufe (?), and on 2nd October 1673, the marriage of John Rogers and Alese Baker, either of whom might have been the issuer of the token. In addition, I find the burial of a John Rogers on 22nd November, 1661, and on 20th December, 1676, "Alice Rogers was buried."

The name still exists in Poole.

W125: Dorsetshire, Poole (Farthing): (1663)
O  A stocking
DENNIS SMITH
R  A ship
IN POOLL 1663
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Dennis Smith was Mayor of Poole in 1701 (Sydenham's "History of Poole," p. 238), but probably was not the issuer of this token, but "the sonne of Dennis and Elizabeth Smith," whose birth is recorded 9th June, 1661 (Dennis Smith having been married to Elizabeth Browne on 7th March, 1654).

There also occurs an entry of a marriage of Dennis Smith and Ann Seller on 10th February, 1657. The issuer of this token was probably "Dennis Smith, Senr," who was buried 15th February, 1685.

W126: Dorsetshire, Poole (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A sword erect
RICH SMITH IN POLL
R  R S
A FREEMAN EINGLAND R S
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The reverse bears a very unusual inscription.

There would appear from the register to be two claimants to this token--Richard Smith, who had a son, Thomas, born to him and "Hanna," his wife, on 20th April, 1655, and Richard Smith, who, on 9th September, 1673, married Elizabeth Wild. On 14th October, 1670, occurs the burial of "Hana" Smith. The two Richards were buried respectively on the 25th February, 1672, and 8th May, 1676.

W127: Dorsetshire, Poole (Farthing): (1657)
O  1657
STEPHEN STREETE 1657
R  S S
IN POOLE MERCER S S
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Stephen Streete was Mayor of Poole in 1665, and had been nominated for that office in 1662 by the Commissioners under the Act for regulating corporations, but their nomination was rejected by the corporation (Sydenham's "History of Poole," p. 237, note).

He was one of those present at the common hall, held on 22nd August, 1667, when the order for the town-piece was given, as before stated. (See note to No. 109.) The name of Street occurs in the register, but I have not been able to identify any entry with the issuer of this token, and it exists in the town at the present day.

W130: Dorsetshire, Poole (Farthing): (1665)
O  A man making candles
EDWARD TIZARD
R  E E T
IN POOLE 1665 E E T
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The register on 4th June, 1664, records the birth of "George, son of Edward and Elizabeth Tizzard," and also that of a daughter, Mary, on 12th September, 1668.

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