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17th Century Tokens : Cliff-East_Grinstead in Sussex

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

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W74: Sussex, Cliff (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A hammer
RICH WHITE IN THE
R  R S W
CLIFT NERE LEWIS R S W
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W76: Sussex, Crawley (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A harp
RALPH PATTRICKE
R  R A P
OF CRWLY IN SVSSEX R A P
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The Rector (the Rev. J. B. Lennard, M. A.) has kindly searched the parish registers, and states that on September 18, 1693, is recorded the burial of Ralph Patrick, senior (doubtless the issuer.)

The following seven baptisms of children of Ralph Patrick occur:
1659. Judith, Dec. 21
1666. Ralph, May 17.
1667. Henry, Jan. 28.
1669. Amy, Jan. 29.
1690. Hen., Dec. 13.
1691. Eliza, Jan. 3.
1693. Ralph, Sept. 17.

If, as seems probable, the first four were the children of the issuer, then the last three may be children of his son Ralph, baptized in 1666.

W77: Sussex, Cuckfield (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A lion rampant
EDWARD BRINCKHVRST
R  E A B
IN COVCK FEILD E A B
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Parish registers were kindly searched by Percy Boord, Esq., by kind permission of the Ven. Archdeacon Mount, M. A. (then Vicar) respecting Edward Brinckhurst, but no entries were found of that name.
W79: Sussex, Cuckfield (Farthing): (1666)
O  A griffin segreant
IOHN STONE 1666
R  I M S
CVCKFFILD IN SVSSEX I M S
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The following entries occur in the parish register:
1618. Feb. 4, Elizabeth, daughter of John Stone, shoemaker, baptized.
1628. Dec. 30, Infant son of John Stone buried.
1658. May 28, Elizabeth, wife of John Stone the elder, buried.
1658. May 21, William Stone buried.
1658. May 25, Mary, wife of Will. Stone.
[This must be from plague or some most infectious disease.--F. E. S.]
1659. Jan. 14, John, son of Henry and Sarah Stone, baptized.
1673. July 30, Isaak and Jacob, twinne sons of John and Mary Stone, baptized.
1675. July 9, Mary, daughter of John and Mary Stone, baptized.
1677. Aug. 14, Jonathan, son of John and Mary Stone, baptized.
1684. Nov. 21, John Stone buried.
1726. Apr. 23, John Stone--old man--buried.

The initials "I M S" (John and Mary Stone) clearly show the issuer to be the second John Stone mentioned in the seventh, eighth, and ninth entries, and the first of the same name was no doubt his father.

W81: Sussex, Eastbourne (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A sugar-loaf
IOHN ELLPHICKE
R  I E E
OF BORNE IN SVSSEX I E E
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The surname Elphick still occurs in Sussex. It is found in the Domesday Survey (under Sussex), as AElfech, being the Saxon Alphege, or AEelfheah.
W82: Sussex, Eastbourne (Farthing): (1667)
O  1667
WILLIAM HALE 1667
R  W A H
OF BOYRNE 1667 W A H
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W83: Sussex, Eastbourne (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
CHARLES LEEDS OF
R  C K L
BORNE MERCER C K L
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It is a matter of conjecture at present whether these two tokens are correctly attributed to Bourne (Lincoln) or to Eastbourne, but we think the weight of argument is in favour of the latter attribution.
W84: Sussex, East Grinstead (Uncertain): (Date Unknown)
O  The Mercers' Arms
THOMAS BODLE IN
R  T E B
EAST GRIMSTED SVSEX T E B
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There is a hamlet in Hurstmonceux parish known as Bodle Street. In the Parliamentary Survey of Pevensey Manor in 1650, under "Portreeve service rent in Helsham [Hailsham]," occurs "Thomas Bodle of Helsham" (S. A. C. xxiv(?) 263). The name Bodle was, Mr. Lower suggests, corrupted from Bothel, one [?] whom in 1397 was witness to an Arlington deed (S. A. C. xxii. 117, 118). Le Bothel(?) is mentioned in the Nonarum Return of 1341 as a parishioner of Hurstmonceux. Thos. Marchant, of Hurstpierpoint, in his Diary, 1715, January 26, refers to "my cousin Bodle of Hailsham" (S. A. C. xxv. 171).
W85: Sussex, East Grinstead (Uncertain): (Date Unknown)
O  A sugar-loaf
WILL CLIFTON SVSEX
R  W S C
IN EAST GRIMSTED W S C
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W86: Sussex, East Grinstead (Farthing): (1650)
O  A cat
AT THE CATT IN EAST
R  T E P
GREENSTED 1650 T E P
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The "Catt" was probably the local term for the Dorset Arms, a not uncommon sign in the neighbourhood, where that noble family had formerly large landed estates. The supporters of the Dorset Arms are two leopards, popularly styled cats, and the inn called the Dorset Arms at Lewes was in 1670 commonly known in the town as "The Cats."

In John Taylor's "Catalogue of Tavernes in tenne Shires about London" (1636), the following note is given under Sussex:

"At East-Greensteed Iohn Langridge and Henry Baldwin; the signes at East Greensted are the Crown and the Cat."

Both surnames occur in the Subsidies of 1620 and 1628. John Langridge was assessor in the latter (S. A. C. xx. 171). Presumably Langridge kept the Crown and Baldwin the Cat.

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