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17th Century Tokens : Kington 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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W38: Herefordshire, Kington (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A pair of gloves
EDWARD GRONNOVS
R  E E G
OF KINGTON E E G
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In the roll of assessment of the Hearth Tax on the inhabitants of this county, 14 Car. II. (1661 and 2): "Edward Gronnouse had in his fouse ffower fire-hearths."

The Gronnous famil were connected with the neighbouring town of Presteigne co. Radnor, where a Joseph Gronnous, a grocer, issued a token. See Wales for description of this piece and extracts from the registers of that parish of numerous entries relating to the family, by means of which it is interesting to trace the gradual growth of this peculiar name into the more euphonious one of "Greenhouse," a name still existing in the district among families descended from these issuers.

The following are from the Kington registers:

1669. April 6, Elizabeth, ye daughter of Mr. Edward Gronous, was buried.
1669. August (?). Mr. James Gronous and Dorcas Hergest were married.
1669. October (?). Mary, ye daughter of Edward Gronous, was baptized.
1670. October 2. Dorcas, ye wife of James Gronous, was Buryed in ye chauncell.
1670. March 5. James Gronous and Mary Bull were marryed by License.
1671. December 14. Mary and Martha, ye daughters of James Gronous, were Baptized.
1672. June 30. Sarah, ye daughter of Edward Gronous was baptized.
1672. December (?). Anne, ye daughter of James Gronous, was baptized.
1673. March 31. Mary, ye daughter of James Gronous, was Buryed in Hergest Chancell.
1674. November 8. James, ye Posthumous son of James Gronous, deceased, by Mary, his wife, was baptized.
1674. January 3. Anne, ye daughter of Edward Gronous by Elizabeth, his wife, was baptized.
1675. November 9. Anthony, ye Son of Edward Gronous by Elizabeth, his wife, was buryed in ye chancell.
1676. April 6. Edward, ye son of Edward Gronous by Elizabeth, his wife, was baptized.
1676. June 21. Edward, ye son of Edward Gronous by Elizabeth, his wife, buryed in ye chancell.
1676. October 20. Mary, ye daughter of Joseph Gronous by Anne, his wife, was baptized.
1677. October 7. Hugh, ye son of Edward Gronous by Elizabeth, his wife, was Baptized.
1678. November 21. James, ye son of Joseph Gronous by Anne, his wife, was Baptized.
1684. August 30. James, ye son of Joseph Gronous by Anne, his wife, was Buryed in ye Church.
1685. June 24. Richard, ye son of Joseph Gronous by Anne, his wife, was Buryed in ye Church.
1686. May 20. Charles Morgan and Anne Gronous, of Norton, were marryed with License.
1686. July 20. Anthanasius Watkins and Margarett Gronous were marryed with License.
1686. August 23. Margarett, ye daughter of Joseph Gronous and Anne, his wife, was Buryed in ye church.
Margarett, ye daughter of ye above-named Joseph and Anne, was Baptized.
December 10. Joseph Gronous was buryed in ye church.
1690. March 27. Elizabeth, ye wife of Edward Gronous, was buryed in ye chancell.
1693. June 11. Giles Lloyd and Mary Gronous were married with License.

W40: Herefordshire, Kington (Farthing): (1660)
O  The Mercers' Arms
IAMES LLOYD MAESSER
R  I M L
IN KINGTON 1660 I M L
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James Lloyd was assessed for three fire-hearths 14 Car. II. (1661-2).

The name of James Lloyd appears as a witness to an indenture of lease of lands at Hergest, dated August 3, 1657, between the visitors and feoffees, appointed under the will of Dame Margaret Hawkins, for the management of the Free Grammar School, founded by her in Kington, on the one part, and John Hergest, of West Hergest, gent., of the other part.

In the year 1675 James Lloyd was appointed one of the trustees to carry out the provisions contained in the will of John Walker, who in 1626 gave by deed certain houses and lands [This property is described as being bound on the west part by lands of Nicholas Voare.] to be leased out and the produce employed according to the will of his brother Henry Walker, for the distribution of bread and corn to the poor of Kington.--Parry's "History of Kington," p. 181.

One James Lloyd, of Kington (probably the issuer of this token), was High Sheriff of the County of Radnor in 1673.

In the recently published facsimile account of the official progress of his Grace Henry, the first Duke of Beaufort (Lord President of the Council in Wales, and Lord Warden of the Marches), through Wales in 1684, occurs the following:

"Teusday, August 5, 1684, his Grace parted from thence (Presteign) for Brecknockshire, and passed through KINETON in the County of HEREFORD, where a banquett was prepared and presented him by a loyall person of the Town--Lloyd Gent, one of his Maties justices of the Peace there; his Grace alighted not, but having eat and drank marched on."

The following entries from the registers relate to this issuer:

1667. August (?) Marabella, ye daughter of Mr. James Lloyd, by m'triss Mary, his wife, was baptized.
1669. August 12. Elinor, ye daughter of Mr. James Lloyd, was buryed.
1671. June 18. Rees Prees and Elinor Lloyd, ye Banns being published, were marryed.
March 19. Mary, ye wife of Mr. James Lloyd, was buried.
1685. April 8. Elizabeth, ye daughter of James Lloyd by Elizabeth, his wife, was baptized.

W43: Herefordshire, Kington (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
ANTHONY SEARCH
R  A M S
IN KINGTON MERCER A M S
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Anthony Search also issued a token at Tenbury, co. Worcester, which see.

In the roll of the Hearth Tax for 14 Car. II. (1662), a Margarett Search, widow, hath in her house six fire-hearths, and again Margarett Search, widow, hath in her house ffower fire-hearths, showing she occupied two goodly-sized houses. This may have been the mother of the issuer Anthony.

In the Register Book of the names of all such, both schoolmasters and scholars, as have been admitted to the free school in Kington, in the county of Hereford, founded by Lady Margaret Hawkins for the year 1654, the name of Anthony Search appears, also those of Thomas and William Search, as free scholars, this proving the above Anthony to have been a native of the town.

A careful search in the parish registers of Kington only results in the following entries relating to this family, viz.:

1670. October 25. Margarett Search, widdow, was buryed in ye chauncell.
1676. October 7. Alice Search, a young mayd, was buried in ye church.

I am informed by the Rev. T. Ayscough Smith, Vicar of Tenbury, who kindly searched his registers, that the name does not occur there.

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