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17th Century Tokens : Glastonbury in Somersetshire

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

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W139: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Legend in script in three lines across the field
WILLIAM / ALLWOODE / SENIOR
R  A stocking between W A
IN GLASTONBVRY W A
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W140: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1656)
O  A full-faced bust of a bishop, mitred
WILLIAM TRICKY BISHOP
R  1656 / W T
IN GLASTONBVRY 1656 / W T
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W141: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1668)
O  A stocking
GEORGE CARY OF
R  G A C
GLASTON HOSIER 68 G A C
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W143: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1668)
O  G within an ornamental knot
WILLIAM COOPER G
R  The front of a house
IN GLOSTONBVRY 1668
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A large coin
W144: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1668)
O  The Royal Arms
MARY DAY IN
R  M D
GLASTON 1668 M D
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W145: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1666)
O  A crown
THOMAS DENHAM AT YE
R  T D
IN GLASTON 1666 T D
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W146: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1668)
O  A ship
RICHARD EDWELL OF
R  R A E
GLASTONBVRY 1668 R A E
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W147: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1666)
O  The Glastonbury Thorn
HENRY GVTCH MERCER
R  H A G
IN GLASTONBVRY 1666 H A G
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W148: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1653)
O  The Glastonbury Thorn
HENRY GVTCH MERCER
R  H A G
IN GLASTONBVRY 1653 H A G
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The device on this token is no doubt intended for the "Glastonbury Thorn." The traditional story, that St Joseph of Arimathea stuck his walking-staff into the ground on Wearyall Hill, that it took root, and ever after budded and bloomed on Christmas Day, is still cherished in the neighbourhood. A local balad says:
"The staff het budded and het grew,
And a Christmas bloom'd the whole da droo;
And still het blooms at Christmas bright,
But best tha say at dork midnight."

The original Glastonbury Thorn had two trunks, one of which was cut down in the time of Elizabeth by a Puritan, and the other remained till the Civil War, when some fanatic destroyed it.

In Dugdale's "Monasticon" is a view of Glastonbury, taken from Compton Hill, about three miles to the south, showing a tree growing on Wearyall Hill, marked ast "Sacra spina." An offshoot grew in the grounds of the Abbey, and the Thorn has of late years been pretty freely propagated in the neighbourhood. A stone let into the ground on Wearyall Hill makrs the spot where the original tree grew.

In all probabiity Henry Gutch witnessed the destruction of the Sacred Thorn, as it appears to have been cut down not many years before the date on his token; and he very naturally adopted it as his sign. The Blossoms was a favourite sign for inns; referring, it appears, to the blossoms of the Holy Thorn of Glastonbury.

See a paper on "The Holy Thorn of Glastonbury," by Mr E Chishom-Batten, in vol. xxvi, p. 117, of the Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological Society.

W149: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Twenty dots for checkers
SIDRICKE HANCOCKE
R  S M H
IN GLASSENBVRY S M H
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W150: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1656)
O  The Mercers' Arms
IAMES HOPKINS OF
R  I H
GLASTONBVRY 1656 I H
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W151: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1666)
O  The Mercers' Arms
IAMES HOPKINS OF
R  I H
GLASTONBVRY 1666 I H
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W152: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  N H
NICHOLAS HOPKINS N H
R  N H
OF GLASTONBVRY DRAR N H
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W153: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1666)
O  A stocking
HENRY MABSON 1666
R  H M M
OF GLASTON HOSIER H M M
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W154: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (1668)
O  A hart lodged
THOMAS ROODE OF
R  T F R
GLASTONBVRY 1668 R F R
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W155: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A stocking
CHRISTOPHER SVMMER
R  C S
HOSIER IN GLASTON C S
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W156: Somersetshire, Glastonbury (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A hand
PETER WEST OF
R  P M W
GLASTONBVRY DRAPER P M W
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Vide p. 995 for another token. [uncertain which of those tokens is referred to here]

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