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17th Century Tokens : Bury_St_Edmunds-02 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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W66: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  I L
IOHN LANSETER I L
R  I L
COOKE ROW IN BVRY I L
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In St Mary's register it is stated that John Lansetter, milliner, was buried March 10, 1688-9. Samuel Lanceter was a churchwarden of St James's parish in 1707.

Cooke Row is now Abbeygate Street, the principal street in Bury St Edmunds.

W68: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
EDWARD PANE
R  E P
IN BVRY GROWCER E P
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In the will of Edward Payne, proved August 5, 1667, he states that he was a grocer, and had a messuage situate in Crown Street, in Bury St Edmunds.
W71: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (1660)
O  The Grocers' Arms
RICHARD PRIME
R  R M P and an uncertain device
AT BERRY 1660 R M P
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Richard Prime was one of the burgesses of the Common Council, and one of those named in the east ward in 1663 "to be very vigilant in seeing that no forriners likely to be chargeable settle in the town." He was a justice for the borough, and as such attested deeds during the years 1699 to 1707.

Memorials of the family remain in the church of Great Saxham, near Bury St Edmunds. On a gravestone it is stated: "Here lyeth ye body of Richd Prime, gent., of Bury St Edm., having been thrice chief magisttrate of yt borough, who departed this life ye 11th day of December, 1711, aged about 88 years." And "Margaret his wife, who died 9th of May, 1691, aged 60." No doubt the initial M on the token is for Margaret. The arms of Prime are, or, a man's leg erased at the thigh, sable.

W72: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (1664)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IOHN PVRCAS 1664
R  I P
IN ST EDMVNDS BVRY I P
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John Purcas, senior, was a grocer; his will is dated May 25, and was proved September 30, in the year 1698. It mentions his son John, a grocer, as living in the north east corner of Churchgate and Whiting Streets in Bury. He was overseer of the poor of St Mary's parish in 1719; his wife Elizabeth died April 21, 1731, aged eighty-two.
W73: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (1666)
O  A leg wearing a shoe with a rosette at the instep and another rosette at a band or garter under the knee
MARTIN SEYDEN
R  M G S
IN BVREY 1666 M G S
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Seyden was a bootmaker in Bury.
W75: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (1666)
O  A woolpack
IOHN SHARPE
R  I S L
IN BVREY 1666 I S
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The Sharpe family were residents in Bury for many years. John Sharpe, in 1632 willed charities to be distributed yearly at Hallowmas, Candlemas, and Christmas.

John Sharpe was a burgess, and afterwards a chief burgess of the Town Council. His burial is entered in St Mary's register, July 7, 1686, in which he is described as a clothier.

Some of the Sharpes of Bury were also chandlers. Robert Sharpe, chandler, in Bury, 1537, bought of his father, Richard Sharpe, of Hegsett (now Hesset), three closes of land in Hegsett, next the land of the Abbot and Convent of Bury, before the dissolution of that monastery in 1539.

Robert Sharp, of the same family, was Alderman 1676-7, and was buried in St James's Church. His tomb bears the following inscription:

"Here lyeth ye body of Robert Sharp, Gent., who was a Justice of ye peace of this Borough nigh 40 years, who died ye 17th day of February, 1693/4."

W76: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (1666)
O  1666
FRANCES SMITH 1666
R  IN SVFFOLK
IN ST EDMONDS BVRY IN SVFFOLK
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Francis Smith was a chief burgess of the town in 1660.
W77: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A view of a market-house
GEORGE STANARD IN
R  G S, mintmark, a full-blown rose
ST EDMONDS BVRY G S
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W78: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A view of a market-house
GEORGE STANARD IN
R  G S, mintmark, a star, or mullet, of five points
ST EDMONDS BVRY G S
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W79: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (1667)
O  The market-house
GEORGE STANARD 1667
R  G S
IN ST EDMONDS BVREY G S
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This token gives a correct view of the old Market Cross as it then existed. A fine view of it is engraved on a scarce plan of the town, by Alexander Downing, 1740, and published 1761.
W81: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
EDWARD TAYLER
R  E T
IN BVRY GROCER E T
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W83: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (1666)
O  A roll of tobacco
WILLIAM WARRIN
R  W W
IN BVRY 1666 W W
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Fosbroke, in his "Encyclopaedia of Antiquities," 1843, p. 1055, says: "Tobacco was first brought into England about 1586; women as well as men smoked after supper, and when the children went to school, they carried in their satchels with their books a pipe of tobacco; this their mothers took care to fill early in the morning, to serve them instead of a breakfast. At an accustomed hour, everyone laid his book aside, lit his pipe, and the master smoked with them, and taught them how to hold their pipes."
W84: Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
SIMON WILKIN IN
R  S K W
ST EDMONDS BVRY S K W
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