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17th Century Tokens : Weymouth-02 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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W199: Dorsetshire, Weymouth (Farthing): (1664)
O  A ship
THOMAS HIDE
R  T H
IN WAYMOVTH 1664 T H
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See note to No. 101, ante.
W200: Dorsetshire, Weymouth (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A rose
IOH HODDER
R  I H
IN WAYMOVTH I H
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John Hodder lived opposite the old Town Hall in Melcombe Regis. He was one of the "Malignants in office," against whom a protestation by divers townsmen was presented 21st September, 1648, as "exempted" by Parliament from voting for any "Corporall townes."--Town Council Records.

John Hodder, son of Edward Hodder, was admitted to freedom 23rd September, 1632 (Hutchins, ii. 452), and was one of those present at a hall held on the 23rd January, 1666 (p. 436). He was buried in Melcombe Regis Churchyard on the 9th May, 1668.

W201: Dorsetshire, Weymouth (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  W P
WILLIAM POOKE W P
R  The Grocers' Arms
IN WAYMOVTH
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This is given as an unpublished token in the new British Museum list, misled no doubt by its being spelt "POORE" in Boyne. There is a list of Weymouth tokens given in Hutchins (ii. 432), in which occurs the following:

"William Farre in Weymouth, 1664 - The Grocers' Arms."

This I might have considered an unpublished Weymouth token, but from the general inaccuracy of this list I can only take it to be intended for that of William Pooke.

The name of William Pooke occurs in the parish register of St. James's, Poole.

W202: Dorsetshire, Weymouth (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
FRANCIS REED
R  F R
IN WAYMOVTH F R
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W204: Dorsetshire, Weymouth (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Mercers' Arms
IOHN SENIOR OF
R  I R S
WAYMOVTH I R S
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W205: Dorsetshire, Weymouth (Farthing): (1663)
O  A fleur-de-lys
IOHN SENIOR 1663
R  I R S
OF WAYMOVTH I R S
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The name of John Senior appears in the list given by Hutchins (ii. 451) of those who were found to be Freemen of the borough by fine on the 10th December, 1617.

"John Senior, son-in-law unto John Small, Town Clerke of this towne," paid £5 for his admission as a Freeman, which was given to Small, "in respect of his long service done unto this towne."--Town Council Records.

An entry of a minute relating to him in connection with the breach of the rule as to Sunday observance is to be found in Mr. Moule's Catalogue (iii. 115) supra.

W206: Dorsetshire, Weymouth (Farthing): (1664)
O  A wheatsheaf
IAMES STVDLEY
R  A merchant's mark composed of an S inside a heart, with a 4 above
IN WAYMOVTH 1664 S 4
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In connection with the name of James Studley the following singular entry occurs in the Town Council Records, taken from Mr. Moule's Catalogue (p. 144?) "Memoranda:

"Nov. 13, 1663. Spee's Chronicle, distrained for Capt. J. Arthur's town rent, was 'sould by a peece of wax candle' to Mr. J. Studley for 29s. He also took Thames Well from the borough at 2s. per annum (Tems Well, Greenhill.)"

The following local note from the Western Antiquary (i. 122) in reference to the old-fashioned custom of "sale by inch of candle" may be interesting:

"The practice of letting by inch of candle prevailed in various parts of the West of England up to half a dozen years ago, and may still be carried out in some parts of it now. A the annual letting of the parish meadow of Broadway, near Weymouth, in February or March of 1873, an inch of candle was placed on the edge of a knife (a pin or peg would have answered the purpose), and lighted by one of the parish officers. The biddings were taken down by one of the parish officers, and the chance of taking the meadow was open to all while the candle was burning; the last bidder before the candle went out being declared the incoming tenant."

W207: Dorsetshire, Weymouth (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A ship
THOMAS TVNSTALL
R  T A T
OF WAYMOVTH T A T
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W208: Dorsetshire, Weymouth (Farthing): (1667)
O  A ship
THOMAS TVNSTALL
R  T A T
IN WAYMOVTH 1667 T A T
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