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17th Century Tokens : Taunton-02 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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W248: Somersetshire, Taunton (Uncertain): (Date Unknown)
O  A woolcomb
EDWARD DAWLEY
R  E T D
IN TANTON IAMES E T D
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W249: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1654)
O  A hand holding a "card"
HENRY DVNSCOMBE
R  H A D
IN TANTON 1654 H A D
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The implement here represented is no doubt the "card," formerly used for bringing wool into a condition fit for the spinner, called "carding." It has long been superseded by machinery. The word is in all probability derived from "carduus," a thistle or teazle, which was probably the first natural implement used for the above purpose; the teazle is still used in the finishing process of cloth making.
W250: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1652)
O  The Grocers' Arms
ROGER GALE OF
R  R E G
TAVNTON 1652 R E G
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Roger Gale was the first Mayor under the second Corporation charter, and is described as a merchant. He belonged to a good family, whose descendants resided at Obridge, Heydon, and Bishops Hull. Henry Gale, who died at Taunton in 1742, and possessed a good property in Taunton Deane, was an antiquarian, being not distantly related to the celebrated Gales, of Scruton, Yorkshire.
W251: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1666)
O  A hand holding a woolcomb, between 1 666
MATTHEW GAYLARD 1 666
R  M A G
OF TAVNTON 1666 M A G
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W252: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Seven stars
IOHN GLYDE
R  I M G
OF TAVNTON I M G
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W253: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1666)
O  A woolpack
HUGH GRAYE
R  H A G
OF TAVNTON 1666 H A G
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W254: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1659)
O  A caldron
ROBART GRAY
R  R K G
IN TAVNTON 1659 R K G
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W255: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A woman making candles
ROBERT GRAY
R  R K G
IN TAVNTON R K G
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W256: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1655)
O  A globe
ANDREW GREGGORY
R  A M G
IN TAVNTON 1655 A M G
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W257: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1664)
O  The Clothworkers' Arms
IEFFERY GROVE IN
R  I R G
TANTON DEANE 1664 I R G
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W258: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1655)
O  A Catherine-wheel
MARTIN HOSSHAM
R  M I H
IN TAVNTON 1655 M I H
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A tablet in the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Taunton, records:

"John Hossham son of Martin Hossham of this town: he was buried June 21st, 1670."
A "Thomas" Hossham was one of the capital burgesses in the Corporation of 1677.

W259: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1653)
O  R C H
ROGER HOW OF R C H
R  R C H
TAVNTVN 1653 R C H
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A Roger Howe was one of the inferior burgesses in the Corporation of 1677.
W260: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A cock
THOMAS LOVDELL
R  T L
IN TANTON MERCER T L
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W261: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A cock
THOMAS IOVDELL
R  T L
IN TANTON MERCER T L
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W262: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1658)
O  A cock
THOMAS LOWDELL OF
R  T I L
TANTON MERCER 1658 T I L
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W263: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1664)
O  The Clothworkers' Arms
IOSEPH MABER
R  I M M
IN TAVNTON 1664 I M M
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Some of Joseph Mabers' tokens are of brass, and others of white metal.
W264: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (1666)
O  FOR / NECES / SARY / CHENG
IOHN MERIDETH MERCER 1666 FOR / NECES / SARY / CHENG
R  A castle with legend below
TANTON
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W265: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Mercers' Arms
IOHN MERIDETH MERCER
R  I A M
IN TAWNTON I A M
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The name of John Meredith occurs as one of the two Aldermen in the Corporation of 1677.

A tablet in the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Taunton, after recording the burials of several daughters "of John Meredith, Taunton, mercer," states:

"Also the above-said John Meredith, who departed 11th October, in the year of our Lord God, 1667. Also Agnes, widow of the above John Meredith, who departed this life Dec. 3rd, 1701, aged 79 years."

It will be observed that the initials on the token correspond with the names of the above John and Agnes Meredith.

John Meredith, by his will dated in September, 1677, gave to the poor of the parish of Taunton St Mary Magdalene the sum of £400 to be laid out in the purchase of some lands of that value, the yearly produce of which should be taken by the Constables of the borough, for the time being, and by them, between Michaelmas and St Thomas's Day, yearly, laid out in cloth and making garmets for the poor.

W266: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A crown
ROBERT MIDLETON
R  R E M
IN TANTON MAGDALEN R E M
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W267: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A woolcomb
MATHEW MVNDAY
R  M W M
IN TAVNTON M W M
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In the parish register of Taunton St James the following entry appears under marriages in the year 1649:

"12th Augt. Mathew Monday and Welthin [Welthian] Metlebury [Muttlebury]."

It will be seen by referring to the same register that marriages in this parish during the Commonwealth usually took place in the presence of either Mathew Munday or William Bidgood, two of the Aldermen of the borough of Taunton.

A Mathew Monday was one of the inferior burgesses in the Corporation of 1677. It will be seen that the initials on the token correspond with the names of the parties married on August 12, 1649, as given above.

W268: Somersetshire, Taunton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Rebus: a T and a tun
THOMAS MVNDEN T
R  T E M
IN TAVNTON T E M
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