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17th Century Tokens : Horsham 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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W98: Sussex, Horsham (Farthing): (1669)
O  A stick of candles
RICHARD BARNARD
R  R S B
OF HORSHAM 1669 R S B
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In Hearth-tax Return, 1670, occurs, under East Streete, for four hearths.--Lay Subsidies, Sussex, 191-414, Public Record Office.

No doubt a relative of John Barnard of Petworth. (See token No. 138.)

W99: Sussex, Horsham (Farthing): (1653)
O  A man making candles
WILLIAM HAMPER
R  W S H
IN HORSOM 1653 W S H
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The Rev. C. J. Robinson, M.A. (Vicar), kindly sends the following extracts from Horsham parish register:

"Baptism. 1661. June 21, Elizabeth, daughter of Wm. Hamber by Sarah."

"Burial. 1702. Sep. 5, William Hamper, householder."

The parish register of West Tarring, Sussex, records the marriage of William Hamper to Susanna Carter on April 16, 1682.--Burrell MS., 5,698 Addl., p. 515.

The initials W S H (William and Sarah Hamper) clearly show the first-named to have been the issuer.

W100: Sussex, Horsham (Farthing): (1666)
O  A hard lying under a tree
IOHN HART OF
R  I H
HORSHAM SVSSEX 1666 I H
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W101: Sussex, Horsham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Mercers' Arms
IOHN HIGINGBOTTOM
R  I H
IN HORSOM I H
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In Hearth-tax Return, 1670, "Mr. John Higgenbottom, nine hearths."

A Mr. Higanbotham was parson of Plumpton, Sussex, in 1612. (See "Roll of Armour and Furniture of the Clergy." S. A. C. xi. 225.)

Amongst the burials recorded in the parish registers (kindly searched by the Rev. C. J. Robinson, M.A., Vicar) is:

"1679. Feb. 1, John, son of John Higenbottom, gent., a child."

He died in 1685, and bequeathed his shop in East Street, Horsham, "unto Mary, my loving wife."--S. A. C. xxiv. 140.

W102: Sussex, Horsham (Farthing): (1666)
O  A hind couchant
IOHN HINDLY
R  I H
IN HORSHAM 1666 I H
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The parish register records the following baptisms:

1642. John, son of John Hindley, Gent. (by Mary), Jan. 29.
1668. George, son of John Hindley, Gent., Aug. 14.
1678. John, son of John Hindley, Gent., Apl. 15.
--Burrell MS., 5,698 Addl., p. 426.

It is not clear whether the issuer was the one baptized in 1642; but this seems not improbable, and if so, he was, doubtless, the father of the second and third above named.

The Rev. C. J. Robinson, M.A. (Vicar), kindly adds two further notes from the parish registers:

"Married. 1666, Oct. 23, John Hindley and Elizabeth Gratwicke, both of this."
"Burial. 1685, Sept. 8th, Elizabeth, wife of John Hindley, gent."

W103: Sussex, Horsham (Farthing): (1664)
O  A string of candles
ROBERT HVRST
R  R M H
IN HORSHAM 1664 R M H
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A Robert Hurst was a freeholder of Horsham in 1734.

A later person of this name was a tailor, as we find from the "Marchant Diary" (S.A. C. xxv. 186):

"1719. Dec. 12th, Robert Hurst, of Horsham, brought my father a great-coat. He and my father supt and spent the evening here."

"1721. Nov. 15th, paid R. Hurst for making me a camblet coat."--Ib. 190.

The Rev. C J. Robinson, M.A. (Vicar), kindly sends the following extracts from the parish registers:

"Married. 1638, Oct. 2, Robert Hurst and Elizabeth Clowser."
"Baptism. 1662, June 17, John, son of Robert Hurst by Mary."

As the initials R M H (Robert and Mary Hurst) connect the latter entry with the issuer, it is probable that the first-named was his father.

The member for the borough from July, 1865, to February, 1874, and from December, 1875, to February, 1876, was the later Robert H. Hurst, Esq.

W105: Sussex, Horsham (Farthing): (1657)
O  E E P
EDWARD PARKHVRST E E P
R  1657
IN HORSHAM 1657
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Some churchwardens' accounts about the date of the token mention Edward Parkhurst, who was apparently churchwarden.--Horsfield, "History of Sussex," ii. 266.

The Hearth-tax Return of 1670 gives, under North Streete, "Thomas Parkhurst, three hearths and a forge."

The name is still found at Horsham.

W107: Sussex, Horsham (Farthing): (1667)
O  The King's Arms
WILLIAM SHORTT
R  A horse, W F S
IN HORSHAM 1667 W F S
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Two baptisms are recorded in the parish registers, viz.:
1660. Dec. 27, Samuell, son of Will. Short by Elizabeth.
1663. May 8, Francis, dr. of Wm. Short by Eliz.

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