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17th Century Tokens : Montague_Close 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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Montague Close

Montague Close, the space of ground between the church of St Mary Overy and the river, was for hundreds of years the priory cloister, the quiet home of Augustinian canons. After the dissolution, Sir Anthony Browne, Viscount Montague, acquired the property and built here a town mansion. The Montagues were a stanch Catholic family, and under their favour the Close became a refuge to which persons hunted on account of their religion fled. Later it came into the hands of the Marshalls, Overman, and other rich people who had advanced money to the Mongague family. About 1830 part of the Close was taken down to make room for approaches to New London Bridge. It now still exists by name, the site chiefly occupied by wharves. --[R. and N., 317-19.]

Overman was a rich soap-boiler and local magnate, and a charitable lady of the family built in 1770-71 some one-storied picturesque almshouses at the corner of the Close, that were but lately removed.

One of the issuers, No. 322, bears the well-known name, and was probably a member of the same family.

W315: Southwark, Montague Close (Uncertain): (Date Unknown)
O  A horse-shoe
AT THE HORS SHOO
R  D E C
IN MOVNTAGVE CLOSE D E C
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W316: Southwark, Montague Close (Uncertain): (Date Unknown)
O  A billet of wood
AT THE CROOKED BILLET
R  T I C
IN MOVNTAGVE CLOSS T I C
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W317: Southwark, Montague Close (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A cock
AT THE COCK IN
R  W E H
MOVNTAGVE CLOSE W E H
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W319: Southwark, Montague Close (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  M L
MARY LOVDELL IN M L
R  M L
MOVNTAGOV CLOVS M L
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W320: Southwark, Montague Close (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A horse-shoe
AT THE HORSE SHOOE
R  R I K
IN MOVNTAGVE CLOSE R I K
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W321: Southwark, Montague Close (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Dyers' Arms
AT YE DYERS ARMES
R  A E N
IN MOVNTAQVE CLOSE A E N
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W322: Southwark, Montague Close (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A unicorn
STEPHEN OVERMAN
R  S M O
MOVNTAGV CLOSE S M O
Image not available

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