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17th Century Tokens : Maze-Mint in Southwark

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

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The Maze and Maze Pond

The Maze formed part of the garden of the Abbots of Battle, and was attached to "Battell House," their town residence.

The Pond was a pool in the same garden for "fancy fysshe."

There was a Particular Baptist meeting-house in Maze Pond originated by those who separated from Benjamin Keach's church in Goat Yard (q. v.), occasioned by a difference of opinion upon the subject of singing in public worship. Mr Samuel Mee was first pastor in 1691, and the church existed till at least 1814.

W306: Southwark, The Maze and Maze Pond (Uncertain): (Date Unknown)
O  A cock
MICH BLOWER AT THE
R  M A B
MAZE IN SOVTHWORKE M A B
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W308: Southwark, The Maze and Maze Pond (Uncertain): (Date Unknown)
O  The sun
NICHOLAS MACKRETH
R  N S M
MEASE SOVTHWARKE N S M
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The Mint

The Mint was opposite St George's Church, and was in the seventeenth century an Alsatia or refuge for the worst and lowest people.

Henry VIII established a mint there for coinage. The Mint was first carried out in Suffolk House, the residence of the King's brother-in-law, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, and when the King took over his house as a mint he gave the Duke in exchange the house of the Bishop of Norwich, in St Martin's in-the-Fields.

In the Mint in 1832 the first case of Asiatic cholera appeared in the Metropolis. The Harrow and Three Bells were the two chief inns in the Mint.

W312: Southwark, The Mint (Uncertain): (Date Unknown)
O  A harrow
IN THE MINT
R  I G
IN SOVTHWARKE I G
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W313: Southwark, The Mint (Uncertain): (Date Unknown)
O  The Mercers' Arms
RICHARD PERKINS
R  R M P
IN MINT SOVTHWARKE I G
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