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17th Century Tokens : Boxford-Brandon 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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W22: Suffolk, Boxford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A heart crowned
DANIELL BOWTELL
R  D B
IN BOXFORD MERCER D B
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The "Bouttell" family still [1891] exist here as farmers.
W23: Suffolk, Boxford (Farthing): (1664)
O  A swan
SVSANNA KING
R  S K
IN BOXFORD 1664 S K
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The Swan Inn remains at the present time [1891]. Families named King are still residents
W24: Suffolk, Boxford (Farthing): (1667)
O  The sun in rays
IOHN RIDDELSDALE AT
R  I R
IN BOXFORD 1667 I R
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W25: Suffolk, Boxford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A fleur-de-lys and crown
IAMES WARWELL
R  I W
OF BOXFORD DRAPER I W
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W26: Suffolk, Boxford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A fleur-de-lys and crown
IAMES WARWELL
R  I W
DRAPER OF BOXFORD I W
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The Warwells were Royalists, and the device on the token was probably intended to make known their adherence to that party.

A scarce Suffolk volume, printed in 1660, entitled "Votiva Tabula ; or, Two Sermons preached at Boxford on the Two Days of Public Thanksgiving appointed for the Happy Restoration of King Charles II, on May 24 and June 28, 1660," is by James Warwell, Rector of Boxford, in Suffolk, in the preface to which he states "his heart hath never in the worst times declined from his loyalty, and alwaies prayed for your Majesties happy restauration in secret." It is in small quarto, and of eighty-eight pages.

See also under Groton, an adjoining parish to Boxford, for another token of James Warwell, who was a draper at both places, and probably a son of the Royalist minister.

W29: Suffolk, Brandon (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  W P B
WILL BREWSTER W P B
R  W P B
OF BRANDON W P B
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An early family of the Brewsters resided here. In 1535 we find that "Thomas Bruster at Brandon, hym and his ij men" had, "for working of ij doores of freestone, xlvij jd."Some of the Brewster family long resided at the Hall, at Wrentham. Robert Brewster was a warm advocate of Oliver Cromwell; he sat in the Long Parliament for the borough of Dunwich, and voted for conferring the title of King upon the Protector. Francis Brewster also represented the county in 1653, and the family resided at this seat until 1797. The Brewsters still [1891] hold estates here.
W30: Suffolk, Brandon (Farthing): (1668)
O  The Grocers' Arms
HENRY EVERARD
R  H E E
OF BRANDON 1668 H E E
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The name of Everard is still [1891] to be found in the town.

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