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17th Century Tokens : Framlingham 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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W124: Suffolk, Framlingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  N B
NICHOLAS BROWNE OF N B
R  A castle
FRAMLINGHAM AT YE
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Nicholas Browne was one of the churchwardens in 1661; his initials, N B, occur on the board on which the King's (Charles II) arms are painted, and set up in the church at the cost of £10 3s 9d.

William Browne, one of the descendants of the Brownes of Framlingham, removed to Yarmouth, became a wealthy merchant and brewer, and was Mayor there in 1744 and in 1748. At a general election for members of Parliament in 1754 he was an unsuccessful candidate (he polled, however, 342 votes), and afterwards, by changing his politics, he received from Government the lucrative appointment of Receiver-General of the county of Norfolk. He died in 1769, aged eighty-one.

W125: Suffolk, Framlingham (Farthing): (1653)
O  A castle
IOHN CAPON GROCER
R  I E C
OF GRAMLINGHAM 1653 I E C
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W126: Suffolk, Framlingham (Farthing): (1656)
O  A castle
IOHN CAPON GROSER
R  I C
OF FRAMLINGHAM 1656 I C
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The Capons were for a long time inhabitants of Framlingham. In 1537 John Capon was holder of "the Guild of the Blessed Mary;" in 1629 "Johes Capon" occurs in a list of jurors at a Court Baron; and in an ordinance of Cromwell for distribution of charitable bequests, John Capon and Thomas Capon were appointed, March 20, 1653, with others, trustees. The family continued there, as appears by monuments, till 1814, or subsequently.
W127: Suffolk, Framlingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Apothecaries' Arms
IOHN DAWSON
R  I D
IN FRAMLINGHAM I D
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The Dawsons appear to have been of some note in the town. John Dawson was an apothecary, as is shown by his tombstone in the chancel of Framlingham Church.
W128: Suffolk, Framlingham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A castle
FRANCIS IRELAND
R  F I
IN FRAMLINGHAM F I
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The Ireland family also resided here for a long period. In the churchwardens' accounts of 1557, "John Irelonde" is mentioned as one of the churchwardens selling the plate for repairs of the church. Francis Ireland was one of the jurors in the Court Baron, 1629, and was also, by an ordinance of Lord Protector Cromwell and his council, dated March 20, 1653, "for settling the estates left by Sir Robert Hitcham, knight, of Framlingham and Saxted, to charitable uses, in 1636," appoointed to be one of the principal trustees.

The device of a castle, which appears on so many of the Framlingham tokens, refers to the stronghold of the Bigods, Earls of Norfolk, the ruins of which form an important object of beauty in the scenery and also in the history of the town.

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