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17th Century Tokens : Bowden-Hinckley in Leicestershire

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

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W14: Leicestershire, Bowden (Farthing): (1658)
O  R B
RICHARD BRONSON R B
R  A pack-horse
IN BOWDEN 1658
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Great Bowden is in Leicestershire, and Little Bowden in Northamptonshire. They are adjoining parishes, separated by the River Welland. (Throrby, No. 4)
W15: Leicestershire, Burrow (Farthing): (1664)
O  The Mercers' Arms (?)
IOHN SHAW
R  I S 1664
OF BVRROW I S 1664
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This place, now called Burrough-on-the-hill, may belong to some other county.
W16: Leicestershire, Burton Overy (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Cross patonce on a shield
RALPH COLEMAN OF
R  R C
BVRTON NERE HARBORO R C
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This hitherto unknown specimen (presented to the writer by his friend, the late John Toplis, Esq., Nottingham) is in unusually fine condition; but why Burton (or, as it is now called, Burton-OVery) should be stated to be "near (Market-) Harboro," eight and a half miles distant, and not near Leicester, between seven and eight miles, it is difficult to explain.

The Coleman family are still landowners in the parish, and tablets to their memory exist in the parish church.

W18: Leicestershire, Easton Magna (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Three cloves
EDWARD MOARE
R  E M (in monogram)
IN GREAT EASON E M
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This may possibly belong to another county. [Dickinson places this token in Essex.]
W19: Leicestershire, Hallaton (Farthing): (1667)
O  A horse saddled and bridled
IOHN ELLIS OF
R  I M E
HALLERTON 1667 I M E
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(Throsby, No. 6.)
W20: Leicestershire, Hallaton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Three cloves; the Grocers' Arms
EDWARD GOODMAY OF
R  E A G
HALONGTON LEST SHIR E A G
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(Throsby, No. 7.)
In 1611, Henry Goodman held lands here; and in 1630, the Goodmans were freeholders.
W21: Leicestershire, Hinckley (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Unknown Arms
WILLIAM BENTLEY
R  W E B
OF HINCKLEY W E B
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W24: Leicestershire, Hinckley (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IOSEPH CAVE
R  I E C
IN HINCKLEY I E C
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W26: Leicestershire, Hinckley (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Lion rampant
THOMAS DAVENPORT
R  T D D
MERCER OF HINCKLY T D D
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The fragment of this token in Leicester Museum, as noted by North, had the inscription so broken, and the device so worn away, as to be only partially discerible, and hence was omitted altogether by Boyne in his former edition.

The specimen in the writer's possession enables him now to supply what has hitherto been wanting.

W30: Leicestershire, Hinckley (Farthing): (1662)
O  W D I
WILLIAM ILIFFE W D I
R  1662
IN HINCKLEY 1662
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(Throsby, No. 12; North, No. 17)

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