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17th Century Tokens : Hereford in Herefordshire

W Numbers refer to Williamson's  Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century in England, Wales and Ireland, (1891)

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W7: Herefordshire, Hereford (Farthing): (1662)
O  Arms of the city and 1662
HEREFORD ARMES
R  A sword erect between H I
H IONES SWORD BERER H I
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The arms of the city as shown on these tokens are gules, three lions passant gardant argent, with the augmentation granted by King Charles in 1645, in recognition of its loyalty, viz., on a border azure ten saltiers or Scottish crosses argent.

In the roll of the hearth-tax for the city of Hereford for 1664, Henry Jones, glover, was assessed for two, and Henry Jones, sword-bearer, for one hearth,both in Bysters Ward.

W9: Herefordshire, Hereford (Farthing): (1666)
O  1666
WILLIAM BARNES 1666
R  W B
IN HEREFORD W B
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A Mr. William Barnes was one of the prisoners "of quality" taken at the final siege of Hereford, in December, 1645.

William Barnes was assessed for one fire-hearth in Bysters Ward.

The following entries appear in the registers of the parish of All Saints:
1691. Eliz. Barnes was Buryed ye first of March.
1692. William Barnes was buryed ye 21 of July.

W11: Herefordshire, Hereford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A fleur-de-lis
ROGER BOVLCOT
R  R B
OF HEREFORD R B
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Roger Boulcot, who died October 10, 1680, was interred within the precincts(?) of Hereford Cathedral, left a charity to the poor of the city as follows, from "An alphabetical abstract of all the charities and benefactions given to this city of Hereford," collected by Ja. Lane, Town Cler., Anno Dni. 1711:

"Boulcott Roger his gift by will of his House in Bye Street called the Scalding House to ye Poor of ye Hospitall in Bewall Street to be equally divided between ym by ye Mayor and Justices at ye rent days or within 10 days after. Yearly rent 50s at Lammas and Candlemas."

He was also a benefactor to the library of vicars' choral in the cathedral.

Roger Boulcot was assessed for two fire-hearths in Wigmarsh Ward 14 Car. II.

The following inscription occurs on a stone in the pavement of the bishop's cloister of the cathedral:

"Here lieth the body of Mr. Roger Boulcott, of this City, Mercer, one of the Common Council of the same City, who departed the 10th day of October, 1680."

"Also the body of Theodosia, the wife of Mr. Richard Witherstone, she being the eldest daughter of Robert Mynors, of Treago, Esq., deceased, and formerly the wife of the above Roger Boulcott, who was interred 6th day of December, 1700. She had nine children living at her death."--"Monumental Inscriptions of Hereford Cathedral," p. 21.

In the registers of "All Saints" are the following entries relating to the Boulcott family:

1674. Henry, the sonne of Roger Boulcott, gent., and Theadotia, his wife, was baptized the 29th of March, Wm. Allen, vicar; Mr. Roger Boulcott and John Sandford, churchwardens, 1674.

1675. Theadotia, the daughter of Mr. Roger Boulcott, and Theadotia, his wife, was baptized the 8th of June.

1676. Mary, the wife of Joseph Boulcott, was buryed the nine and twentieth of March.

1677. Elizabeth, the daughter of Mr. Roger Boulcott, and Theadotia, his wife, was baptized the thirteenth of May.

1678. Thomas, ye son of Mr. Roger Boulcott, and Theadosia, his wife, was baptized the xxth of July.

1678. Joseph Boulcott, buried ye 28th of November.

1680. Mary, the daughter of Mr. Roger Boulcott, and Theadosia, his wife, was baptized the 16th of September.

1680. Mr. Roger Boulcott was buried the 18th October.

In St. PEter's Register:
September 28th, 1680, was buried Mary, the daughter of Mr. Roger Boulcott.

W14: Herefordshire, Hereford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A rose
I H OF HEREFORD
R  The Mercers' Arms
THE MERCERS ARMES
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John Hill was mayor of this city in 1659, and appears to have carried on business in Ross as well as Hereford, as a token of the same type was issued there in 1666.

A John Hill was assessed for one fire-hearth in St. Owen's Ward and in Wyebridge Ward, "Jno. Hill hath in his house 5, and in a voide house in same ward 2" (hearths).

The name of John Hill appears in the list of benefactors to the cathedral library.

In the registers of St. Nicholas Church is the following interesting entry:

"Buryed the 10th day of June, 1670, Mr. John Hill, alderman of this city, whose happiness it was in his tyme of mayoralty to p'clamyme (sic) King Charles ye Second King of England."

W18: Herefordshire, Hereford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A rose and crown
EDMOND HVCK
R  E M H
OF HEREFORD E M H
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This name is not in the Hearth Rolls. In the registers of St. Peter's is the following entry:

1682. Nov. 9th, baptized Edmund, the son of Wm. Huck, and Margery, his wife.

W24: Herefordshire, Hereford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A fleur-de-lis
ROGER MORGAN
R  Legend in four lines across the field
IN / HERE / FORD / R M
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Octagonal. The following appears in St. Peter's Register:

1685. Ap the 21, married Roger Morgan, of this parish, and Eleanor Skipp, of the parish of St. John Bap.

R. Morgan signed the register of St. Peter's in 1680 as churchwarden.

W25: Herefordshire, Hereford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A fleece
IOHN MOSS
R  I I M
OF HERRIFORD I I M
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A Jno. Morse was assessed for four fire-hearths in Weybridge Ward, 16 and 17 Chas. II.
W28: Herefordshire, Hereford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Shield with the arms of the city
HVGH RODD
R  An elephant with castle
OF HERIFORD
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Hugh Rodd was mayor in 1666 and part of 1673.
W31: Herefordshire, Hereford (Farthing): (1652)
O  The arms of the city without shield
THOMAS SEABORNE
R  T S
IN HEREFORD 1652 T S
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This is the earliest of the Herefordshire tokens.

The following interesting entry is found in the registers of St. Peter's, in the city of Hereford:

"I, Thomas Seaborne, one of the Justices of the Peace for the city of Hereford, well knowing that Mr. Wm. Voyle was duly chosen Parish Minister of Peter's Parish within the said city upon the twenty-second day of September, 1653, due approve of him so to be and have sworne him to deal honnestly in the said office It a est.--Thos. Seaborne."

Thomas Seaborne was mayor in 1649 and part of 1648, and was assessed for two fire-hearths in Wigmarsh Ward, 14 Car. II., and for one in Wyebridge Ward, 15 (16?) and 17 Car. II.

In All Saint's register the following entries occur:

1669. Thomas, the sonne of Thomas Seaborne and Elizabeth, his wife, was baptized ye 10th of March.

1672. Hannah, daughter of Mr. Thomas Seaborne and Elizabeth, his wife, was baptized 4th of June.

1690. ffrancis Seaborn was Buried ye 21th of April. Mrs. Ann Seaborn was Buried ye 8th of January.

1697. Thomas, the sonne of Thomas Seaborne and Elizabeth, his wife, was baptized Oct. 17.

In St. Nicholas' register:

1674. Bapt. John, ye sonne of Thomas Seaborne and Elizabeth, his wife, 22 November.

1678. Ye 12th of July, Baptized Sammuell, the sonne of Thomas Seaborne and Elizabeth, his wife.

1679. Buried, the 2nd of July, Sammuell, the sonne of Thomas Seaborne and Elizabeth, his wife.

1680. Married. Daniell Jeffries and Francis Seaborne were married Mar. 3rd.

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