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17th Century Tokens : Aldborough-Beccles in Suffolk

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

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W2: Suffolk, Aldborough (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Three doves; the Chandlers' Arms
IOHN MVRDOCKE
R  I A M
IN ALDEBVRGH
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The obverse of this token is the same as one issued at Ipswich by Murdocke.
W4: Suffolk, Barningham (Uncertain): (Date Unknown)
O  A deer trippant
IOHN HOWARD
R  I A H
IN BARNINGHAM I A H
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W5: Suffolk, Beccles (Farthing): (1670)
O  Legend in four lines across the field
A / BECCLES / FARTHING / 16 B 70
R  A house and sheep-pen; the Arms of Beccles
[No Legend]
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At a meeting of the Corporation of Beccles, held March 8, 1670, "for ye p'curing of farthings for ye comon utility of ye poore," ten pounds were granted. The dies are still preserved in the Corporation chest. The same view of a house and sheep-pen is on the seal of the Corporation, which is dated 1584.
W6: Suffolk, Beccles (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Arms of the Crane family; on a bend three crosses crosslet
WILL CRANE OF BECK
R  The Drapers' Arms
ELLS IN SVFFOLKE
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A hospital for lepers, called the Hospital of St Mary Magdalene, in Beccles, and the lands belonging thereto, were granted to the Corporation for the use of the poor, and the said lands were, by the Corporation of 1675, leased to a Mr Crane. The Crane family were long resident at Chilton. Sir John Crane, knight, was made baronet in 1627, and Sr Robert Crane was High Sheriff of the county of Suffolk in 1632. Their arms, argent, a fess sable, between three cross crosslets, bottonée fitch&eacuute;, gules, are still to be seen in the churches of Preston, Waldingfield Parva, Long Melford, and Chilton
W7: Suffolk, Beccles (Farthing): (1664)
O  The Fishmongers' Arms
WILLIAM CVTLOVE IN
R  W M C
BECKLES IN SVFF 1664 W M C
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W8: Suffolk, Beccles (Farthing): (1667)
O  The Fishmongers' Arms
WILLIAM CVTLOVE
R  W M C
IN BECCLES 1667 W M C
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After the deprivation of William Fleming, Rector of Beccles in 1584, by Archbishop Whitfift, and independent society was established to free itself from the doctrines of Popery or the observances of James I. It gradually increased. In July, 1652, it appears that, with others, "William Cutlove joyned in covenant under ye visible Regiment of Christ," and commenced the foundation of a separate congregation. In December, 1656, William Cutlove was chosen a deacon of it, and in June, 1657, one of eight "to speake unto the questions which shall be hereafter p'pounded," but which questions, or the manner they were treated of, has not been preserved. One Joseph Cutlove was Port Reeve here in 1652.
W9: Suffolk, Beccles (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A lion rampant
HENREY FARRER
R  H F H
IN BECCLES H F H
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The "Farrar" family existed here in 1855. The Red Lion Inn is still in Blyburghgate Street, and the White Lion Inn in Smallgate Street. In this instance the initials are somewhat differently placed; the usual plan being that the initial letter of the surname is placed above those of the Christian names, but here they are placed thus, [H over H F].
W10: Suffolk, Beccles (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Three boars' heads
DAVID GRICE OF
R  D E G
BECCLES IN SVFOLKE D E G
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The family of Grice or Le Grys, of Langley and Brockdish, in Norfolk, were long connected with the borough of Great Yarmouth. William Grice was M.P. for that borough in 1570 to 1585. Gilbert Grice was Bailiff in 1542 and 1551; having made a reasonable excuse for not wearing his "gown of skarlett furryd with foyner typpett, and dublett of velvet, after the auncyent honorable custome of the towne aforesaid, on Sundays and holydays, and at assemblys." he was pardoned on condition that he procured a new one before the following Michaelmas. The arms of Le Grys were quarterly azure and gules on a bend argent, three boars passant sable.

A brass memorial in Wiston Church, in Suffolk, to the minister, John le Gris, who died in 1630, bears arms, quarterly on a bend, three boars passant, a mullet for difference.

W11: Suffolk, Beccles (Farthing): (1657)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IOHN KING OF
R  I M K
BECCLES 1657 I M K
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The name of King is still found among the residents in Beccles.
W12: Suffolk, Beccles (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A man making candles
TOBIAS MVRDOCK IN
R  T M M
BECKLES IN SVFFOLK T M M
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The tokens of the Murdockes appear three times in these lists, once each at Aldborough, Beccles, and Ipswich, and, singularly, they each bear on them proof that the owners carried on the then important trade of chandlers.
W13: Suffolk, Beccles (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A roll of tobacco
IOHN NICHOLLS
R  I R N
OF BECCLES I R N
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W14: Suffolk, Beccles (Farthing): (1659)
O  The Haberdashers' Arms
IOHN WARDE 1659
R  I E W
OF BECKLES IN SVFOLK I E W
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Mr John Ward was one of the constables of Beccles in the years 1643 and 1644. He left by will a yearly rent-charge of £2 12s, to be distributed in bread, viz., one shillings's worth every week.

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