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17th Century Tokens : Wareham 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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Wareham

The registers of St. Martin's parish began in 1540, those of Holy Trinity in 1587, those of St. Mary's in 1594, but were all destroyed in the fire of 1762. (Hutchins, i. 101, et seq.)
W191: Dorsetshire, Wareham (Farthing): (1655)
O  W C
WILLIAM CLEEVES W C
R  W C
OF WAREHAM 1655 W C
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[H. S. G.]
W192: Dorsetshire, Wareham (Farthing): (1657)
O  H H
HENRY HARBIN H H
R  1657
IN WARHAM 1657
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In the pedigree of Gigger, given in Hutchins (i. 122), Henry Harbin, of Wareham, mercer, married Mary Daccombe in 1665. Henry Harbin, late of London, merchant, by will dated 19th July, 1703, gave to the Corporation of Wareham £200 to purchase land to the value of £10 per annum for a person to instruct the poor children of the town in the English tongue, and the interest of £50 to be added if the principal was not sufficient. (Hutchins, i. 89.)

At the west end of St. Peter's Church was a brick tower, built about 1700 by Henry Harbin, of London, merchant. The premises were nearly destroyed in the fire of 1762 (i. 109).

In the list of mayors since the charter of Queen Anne, given by Hutchins (i. 83.?) occurs the name of Henry Harbin for the years 1746 and 1749, and amongst the burials in the register of St. Mary's Church for the year 1750 occurs the name of Henry Harbin, Mayor (i. 117).

The old silver mace belonging to the Mayor and Corporation of Wareham, bears the inscription, "H. H., Mayor, 1615," engraved on its base. These are believed to be the initials of Henry Harbin.

W193: Dorsetshire, Wareham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A T
ANTHONY TREW A T
R  A T
OF WAREHAM A T
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Anthony Trew was Mayor of Wareham in 1721, and the name occurs again for the years 1726, 1733, 1736, 1740, 1743, and 1747. In the south aisle of St. Mary's Church there is a marble monument erected in memory of Anthony Trew, gent., who died 20th September, 1771, aged 80.

I learn from a member of the family that there was an Anthony Trew, who was born in 1689, and died in 1726, who may well have been the son of the issuer of the token; and also that an Anthony Trew, a descendant of the family, is still living at Dorchester. The name of Anthony must have been a favourite one, for I have been informed that one of that name has recently been at Wareham collecting tokens of the above issuer, and claiming to be the sixth Anthony Tres in descent from him!

The name also occurs more than once under Poole.

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