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17th Century Tokens : Bildestone-Botesdale 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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W15: Suffolk, Bildestone (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A heart
ABRAHAM ALSTONE
R  A A
IN BILDERSTONE A A
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The "Alstons," formerly of Newton, afterwards resided in Marlsford. One Samuel Alston was engaged in the militia in 1667 with the Dutch at Felixstowe. Thomas Alston, in 1690, devised to poor people of Assington, twenty-six shillings a year, to be distributed in sixpenny loaves of meslin. William Alston, Esq., had also a seat in Bildeston in 1734. The Alstons of Bildeston bore for arms a chevron between three goats' heads.
W16: Suffolk, Bildestone (Farthing): (1659)
O  The Grocers' Arms
EDWARD BROWNSMITH
R  E A B
OF BVILDERSTONE 59 E A B
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W17: Suffolk, Bildestone (Farthing): (1667)
O  A man making candles
WILLIAM BVRCH 1667
R  W E B
IN BVILDSTONE W E B
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W18: Suffolk, Bildestone (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Mercers' Arms
IOHN CVLPICKE OF
R  I E C
BVILDSTON IN SVFOLK I E C
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W19: Suffolk, Bildestone (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A crown
AT YE CROWNE IN
R  I A K
BILLSTON IN SVFFOLKE I A K
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The Crown Inn has remained here to the present time [1891].
W20: Suffolk, Botesdale (Farthing): (1664)
O  The Drapers' Arms
IOHN SEAMAN
R  I M S
IN BVDSDELL 1664 I M S
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W21: Suffolk, Botesdale (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IOHN WHITINGE
R  I W
OF BVDSDELL I W
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"Budsdell" has continued to be the local pronunciation of Botesdale to the present day.

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