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17th Century Tokens : Stowmarket-Stratford 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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W309: Suffolk, Stowmarket (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
ISRAELL BARREL
R  I M B
IN STOWMARKET I M B
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The Barrel family appear to have lived in Stowmarket during the times of Charles I and II. In the year 1641 we find Israel Barrel contributing to the market lecture at the Church iiis. In 1651 he collected for the lecture, voluntarily, at the adjacent villages, 15s 10d. In 1652 and 1653, I Barrel paid up the balance of arrears due thereon. About 1644, when Matthew Hopkins, the witch-finder of the eastern counties, proceeded to this town, Israell Barrel was one of the receivers of "the rate for the discovery of witches."
W310: Suffolk, Stowmarket (Farthing): (1658)
O  1658
PETER BRASIER 1658
R  P B
IN STOW MARKET P B
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The Braziers were inhabitants here for a long period; we see notices of the family appearing in 1595. In 1662 Peter, the issuer, was churchwarden; and, to maintain the ancient reputation of its being a King's town for loyalty, he supplied, on May 6, 1662, "the soulgers" with plenty of "pouther and match," and the rangers with "dynners, beere, and money," to celebrate "the comin of the Queen" from Portugal to London.
W311: Suffolk, Stowmarket (Farthing): (1666)
O  G S F
GEORGE FLINTE G S F
R  1666
OF STOEMARKET 1666
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The Flint family likewise subscribed with the Barrels towards sustaining a lecture for the farmers on market days.
W312: Suffolk, Stowmarket (Farthing): (1657)
O  R G
ROBERT GREENE R G
R  1657
IN STOW MARKET 1657
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The "church spyre" in 1674 was so decayed in "its tymbers and lead" that, with others, Robert Greene petitioned to the Archdeacon for permission to have it taken down and rebuilt.
W313: Suffolk, Stowmarket (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IONATHAN PEKE
R  I P
OF STOWMARKET I P
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Both "Jonathan and F. Peake" also were desirous to save their steeple from its downfall.
W314: Suffolk, Stowmarket (Farthing): (1664)
O  1664
IOHN TARVER IN 1664
R  I T
STOW MARKET I T
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W317: Suffolk, Stratford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  I B
IN STRATFORD MERCER I B
R  I B
IN STRATFORD MERCER I B
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W318: Suffolk, Stratford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A swan
IOHN CANDLER
R  I C
IN STRATFORD I C
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King Edward IV ordained that no one whose income was less than five marks should possess a swan, and imprisonment to anyone who dared to touch their eggs, and they were anciently considered as "the King's game."

King George II landed at Lowestoft January 14, 1736, and the same evening reached Ipswich, and the following day proceeded onwards to London, but night overtook them, and the cortége stayed that night at the Swan at Stratford, where the King rested, and at six o'clock the next morning proceeded to London, reaching it by two o'clock--a different rate of travelling to the present! [1891]

W320: Suffolk, Stratford (Farthing): (1657)
O  1657
IOHN ESON 1657
R  I A E
AT STRATFORD I A E
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W323: Suffolk, Stratford (Farthing): (1652)
O  The Ironmongers' Arms
SAMVEL PHILLIPS
R  S I P
IN STRATFORD 1652 S I P
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W325: Suffolk, Stratford (Farthing): (1650)
O  I E W
IOHN WILLMOR I E W
R  I E W
IN STRATFORD 1650 I E W
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Probably some of the above tokens were issued at Stratford in Essex.

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