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17th Century Tokens : Guildford-01 in Surrey

W Numbers refer to Williamson's  Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century in England, Wales and Ireland, (1891)

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W98: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1668)
O  A castle between two woolsacks, in base a lion couchant; the arms of the Borough of Guilford
GVILDFORD 1668
R  A cross patonce, between five martlets; the arms of St Edward the Confessor
F M F S 1668
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The initials are probably those of the overseers.
W99: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1668)
O  A castle (larger than on 98) between two woolsacks, in base a lion couchant; the arms of the Borough of Guilford
GVILDFORD 1668
R  A cross patonce (smaller than on 98), between five martlets; the arms of St Edward the Confessor
F M F S 1668
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The initials are probably those of the overseers.
W100: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1656)
O  A woolsack
IOHN BROWNE
R  A castle
IN GILFORD 1656
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John Browne was elected Bailiff of the town in 1662, in room of another discharged.
W101: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1656)
O  A woolsack
SIMON CRANE
R  A castle
IN GILFORD 1656
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This man was a grocer in the High Street, and as a lad was a Guildford town apprentice, being noted in the town books as having served his father, also a grocer, "seven full years." He was made a Justice of the Peace in 1652, and in the same year was elected Mayor of the town.

The following passage occurs in the parish register of Holy Trinity:

"I do approve of the eleccion of Caleb Cooper to bee Register for the marriages, etc., of the parish of Trinity in Guldeford, September 22, 1653. "Symon Crane, Maior."

He resided in St Mary's parish, and was evidently a person of some property, as in the Roll of the Subsidy, granted to Charles I in Parliament in 1640, we read:

"Symon Crane in goods iij£; the assessment being at the rate of

"Lands paid viijs. in every pound."
"Goods paid vs. iijd/ in every pound."

He was buried November 29, 1658.

W102: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1662)
O  A woolsack
CHARLES HANBY
R  A castle
IN GILFORD 1662
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The parish book states that Charles Handby was--

"Elected Constable for St. Mary's, Dec. 31, 1670."

Also:

"Charles Hanbey was discharged from being Tythingman, John Burt being appointed in his room, Sept. 1, 1662 (14 Car. II)."

W103: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1662)
O  A woolsack
CHARLES HANDBY
R  A castle
IN GILFORD 1662
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W104: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1664)
O  A woolsack
IOHN KING IN
R  A castle
GVILFORD 64
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John King was a freeman of Guilford, having taken up his freedom from his father (also a freeman) as eldest son.

He was appointed collector for the poor of St Mary's, April 25, 1671.

W105: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1658)
O  A woolsack
IOHN KING IN
R  A castle
GVILFORD 1658
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W106: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A castle
EDWARD LEE
R  A woolpack
GILLDFORD 1658
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W107: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1664)
O  A woolpack
EDWARD LEE
R  A castle
GVILDFORD 1664
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Nothing whatever is known respecting this issuer. He is presumed to have been a relative of Henry Lee.
W108: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1658)
O  A woolsack
HENRY LEE
R  A small castle
GVILDFORD 1658
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Henry Lee was one of the town poor apprentices, having been apprenticed by the overseers to "John Childs and another, and faithfully served them seven full years," taking up the freedom of the town.

He evidently attained to a good position in the town afterwards, from the fact of his issuing his own trade token. He was elected overseer for the parish of St Mary, April 4, 1680, and December 26, 1682, and churchwarden, April 13, 1691.

The modern spelling of the name of the twon appears on this token for the first time.

W109: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1653)
O  A woolsack
HENRY LEE
R  A small castle
GVILDFORD 1653
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W110: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1656)
O  A castle
NICHOLAS LINTOTT
R  A woolsack
OF GILFORD 1656
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A town apprentice, having been boud to Thomas Newman, and served him "seven full years."

He was made "Bayliffe" in 1659, and elected one of the "approved men," or Town Councillor, in 1660, and also in 1661.

In 1662, however, the following record appears in the town books:

"Nicholas Lintott was discharged from being called by the name of Bayliffe in 1662, for refusing to take the oath and make subscription."

This probably refers to the Corporation Act* (17 Car. II, cap. 2), and to the Oath of Non-resistance and abjuring the Covenant (15 Car. II, cap. 5); and the fact of Lintott refusing to take it would imply that he was a dissenter, probably a Quaker, very possibly one of those who, with other Guildford men, supported Cromwell.

A remarkable proof of this man's strong Puritan opinions appears in Holy Trinity register, in which his family are conspicuously entered as "Borne," in the "Baptized" column, and never as "Baptized."


* The objectionable words in this Act were the following: "I, A. B., do swear that it is not lawful upon any pretence whatever to take up arms against the King, and that I do abhor that traitorous position of taking up arms against His Person, or against those that are commissioned by him. And that I will not at any time endeavour any alteration of Government either in Church or State."
W111: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1666)
O  A castle
NICHOLAS LINTOTT
R  A woolsack
OF GILFORD 1666
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W112: Surrey, Guildford (Farthing): (1658)
O  A castle
NICHOLAS LINTOTT
R  A woolsack
OF GILFORD 1658
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