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17th Century Tokens : Stalbridge-Thorncombe 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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W184: Dorsetshire, Stalbridge (Farthing): (1666)
O  A glove
IAMES CANE 1666
R  I K C
OF STALBRIDGE I K C
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This token affords an unusual instance of the initial of the surname being placed below that of the two Christian names.
W185: Dorsetshire, Stalbridge (Farthing): (1658)
O  A fleur-de-lys
THOMAS SNOOKE
R  T K S
OF STALBRIDG 1658 T K S
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The name of Snook still exists in Stalbridge.
W186: Dorsetshire, Stowborough (Farthing): (1657)
O  N N
NICHOLAS NORTHOVER N N
R  1657
IN STOBORRY 1657
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Stowborough is a tithing of Wareham, and as all the old registers of the parishes of Wareham were destroyed in the fire of 1762, we cannot expect to find any reference to the issuer of this token, though the name of Northover still exists amongst the poorer classes.
W187: Dorsetshire, Sturminster Newton (Farthing): (1664)
O  H C
HENRY CROSSE OF 1664 H C
R  H C
STVRMISTER IN NEWTON H C
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The parish registers only commence in 1681, the reason being no doubt the only too common one of the destruction of the early registers by fire, as we find that in 1681 there was a brief for a fire here.
W188: Dorsetshire, Sturminster Newton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Mercers' Arms
ROBERT PORTER
R  R F P
IN STVRMISTER NEWTON R F P
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Thorncombe

Thorncombe was formerly in the hundred of Axminster and county of Devon, but was transferred by Act of Parliament in 1842 to the hundred of Hawkchurch, in the county of Dorset. In Boyne's work (1858) it appears under Devon (69/195?). In consequence of the recommendation of the Boundary Commissioners under the Local Government Act, 1888, it is anticipated that Thorncombe will now either be given back to Devon or transferred to Somerset!
W189: Dorsetshire, Thorncombe (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A pair of cropper's shears
ROGER BRIANT OF
R  R B
THORNECVM 1657 R B
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The parish register contains the following entries: "Daniel, son of Roger Bryant and Alice, his wife, born July 19, 1657;" and again, "Phoebe, daughter of Roger Bryant, born May 27, 1658."

It is somewhat curious that the wife's initial does not appear on the token, as at the time the token was issued Roger Briant would appear to have been married.

W190: Dorsetshire, Thorncombe (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A pair of scales
SAMVELL STAPLE
R  S E S
OF THORNCOMBE 68 S E S
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[Transfererred from Devon, Boyne 69/193?]

The register contains the marriage of Samuel Staple and Alice Hills on 24th November, 1675, and of Samuel Staple and Hannah Knight on 7th May, 1680, but neither of these wives' Christian names would seem to agree with the initial on the token.

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