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17th Century Tokens : Sherborne-01 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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W155: Dorsetshire, Sherborne (Farthing): (1669)
O  Legend across the field in five lines
SHERBORN / FARTHING / FOR THE / POOR / 1669
R  A mitre
[No Legend]
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The mitre on the reverse is no doubt in commemoration of Sherborne having been formerly a very important bishopric--the see dating from the commencement of the eighth century--the first bishop being St. Aldhelm, and the last, Herman, chaplain to Edward the Confessor.

The parish registers of St. Mary's magnificent abbey church date from the earliest period; and these, beautifully written in Latin, on vellum, are in a very fine state of preservation. The first entry is dated 1st November, 1538, the year before the last Abbot of Sherborne, John Barnstaple, surrendered his abbey to the Commissioners at the Dissolution of the Monastaries.

W156: Dorsetshire, Sherborne (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A rose and crown
ROBERT ALFORD
R  R M A
OF SHERBORNE R M A
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I should have thought that Boyne had misspelt the name of the town were it not that it is so spelt in Hutchins's plate.
W157: Dorsetshire, Sherborne (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A rose and crown
ROBERT ALFORD
R  R M A
OF SHERBONE R M A
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Given as No. 95 in the new British Museum list.

The register contains the burial of John Alford "ye sonne of Robert," on 20th November, 1676, and the burial of "Robert Alford ux" on 25th August, 1684.

W159: Dorsetshire, Sherborne (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Prince of Wales's feathers
GEORG CONNINGTON
R  G D C
OF SHERBOVRNE G D C
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W160: Dorsetshire, Sherborne (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Prince of Wales's feathers
GEORG CONINGTON
R  G D C
OF SHERBOVRNE G D C
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George Connington, by will bearing date 9th August, 1698, and proved in the Prerogative Court, devised his lands in Sherborne called Four Pitts, to his grand-child, Robert White, and his heirs, paying thence for ever yearly one annuity of 20s. on Michaelmas Day to the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of the parish of Sherborne, for the time being, to be by them laid out in bread, in six-penny loaves, on St. Thomas's Day, yearly, and given to forty poor persons, men and women, such as should not have weekly relief, in the said parish, if should be such to be found, but if not to such as should have relief, at the discretion of the officers for the time being. And he directed that they should keep and give a list yearly of the persons' names to whom the bread should be given, and receive the approbation of the master and brethren of the almshouse in Sherborne.

The field upon which this sum is charged still bears the name of Four Pitts. It adjoins the town of Sherborne, and is now the property of Walter Pride [The name of Walter PRide, as one of the churchwardens, appeared on the tenor bell of the parish church when it was recast in 1670. The name of Pride is of frequent occurrence in the register. (See note to No. 162.), by whom the payment is made. (See the "Report of the Commissioners for inquiring concerning Charities, p. 130;" and the Abstract of Returns of Charitable Donations in Boswell's "Civil Division of Dorset," p. 73.)

In an inventory of the goods belonging to the parish church, taken in 1721, appears the following entry:

"One silver salver, given by George Corrington" (? Connington) "deceased, in 1699." (Hutchins, iv. 259.)

The register contains the entries of several children of George Conington, from the years 1654 to 1658.

W161: Dorsetshire, Sherborne (Farthing): (1667)
O  [No device]
THOMAS COOPER
R  [No device]
OF SHERBORNE 1667
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The register contains the baptism of two children of Thomas and Elizabeth Cooper in the years 1674 and 1677.

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