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17th Century Tokens : Hurstpierpoint-Lewes 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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W109: Sussex, Hurstpierpoint (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A woolcomb
THOMAS DONSTALL
R  T D
OF HVRST MERSER T D
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The Rector (The Rev. Prebendary C. H. Borrer, M.A.) kindly sends the following notes:

His wife's name was Elizabeth. They had two daughters named Elizabeth, one born in 1659; the other in 1664. The former was buried in 1659; and the latter in 1691. They had a son John, born in 1661, of whom we have no further notice. "Mr." Thomas and Elizabeth his wife both died in 1711. Our Thomas Dunstall may be the son of the Thomas of Shermanbury, or possibly the same man. In the Royalist Compositions occurs Thomas Donstall, of Shermanbury, £100. (S. A. C. xix. 94.) There is an old house, called "Dunstalls," of no great size or character, below the church; and there are some fields by Friar's Oak, called Dunstalls, which my father inherited from my grandfather.

W110: Sussex, Hurstpierpoint (Farthing): (1667)
O  A lion rampant
IAMES MATHEW
R  I M M
IN HVRST 1667 I M M
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The Rev. C. H. Borrer, Rector, sends the following extract from the parish registers:

"1662, Buried Mary, wife of James Mathew of Randidles, March 18."
Randidles is an old house of flint and brick still standing.
The lion rampant is the arms of Pier Point.

The issuer was no doubt an early Quaker, for we find by the MS. "Book of Sufferings, Records Society of Friends, S.E. District" (p. 48): "A meeting was held on March 28, 1662, at Hurstprpoint, at which Ambrose Rigge, Nicholas Beard, Henry Scrase, Richard Scrase, Richard Webb, James Mathew, Ambrose Galloway and William Holbeam were present." They were arrested and taken before Walter Burrell and other magistrates, "at the instigation of Leonard Letchford, the hireling priest of Hurstprpoint, who stirred up the said Rulers to persecute the Innocent," being committed to Horsham Gaol. Letchford gave evidence against them, and all were convicted except Rigge. Elwes and Robinson, "Castles, Mansions and Manors of Western Sussex," p. 226, give a pedigree of Mathew of Stansted, which which the issuer might have been connected.

W111: Sussex, Lewes (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A lion rampant
IOHN DRAPER IN LEWES
R  I F D
BY THE MARKET PLACE I F D
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The lion rampant was no doubt borrowed from the borough arms, those of the Earls de Warenne, the former Lords of Lewes.
W112: Sussex, Lewes (Farthing): (1667)
O  1667
AMBROSE GALLOWAY 1667
R  A E G
IN LEWIS IN SVSEX A E G
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The issuer was a tailor, and lived in All Saints' parish. He was a Quaker, and is named in the note under Mathew's token of Hurst.

The name, now spelt "Galway," is still found in Lewes.

W113: Sussex, Lewes (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  I H
IOHN HENTY OF I H
R  A fleur-de-lys
LEWES PEWTERER
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The name appears on the Subsidy Roll of 1621, and is still to be found in Lewes.
W114: Sussex, Lewes (Farthing): (1666)
O  The Haberdashers' Arms
EDMVND MIDDLETON OF
R  E E M
LEWIS IN SVSSEX 1666 E E M
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W115: Sussex, Lewes (Farthing): (1666)
O  The Haberdashers' Arms
EDWARD MIDLETON OF
R  E E M
LEWIS IN SVSSEX 1666 E E M
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Edmund Middleton was constable in 1666, and subsequently.

Edward Middleton was churchwarden of St John's in 1635, and was probably father to the two issuers.

Parish register, St Michael-in-the-Market, Lewes, records the burial of Mrs Ann Middleton on October 2, 1695, and the parish register of All Saints', Lewes that of Mr Thomas Mddleton on April 6, 1666.--Burrell MS., 5,698 Addl., pp. 171 and 183.

Edmund Middleton was constable in 1666, 1673, and 1679.

W116: Sussex, Lewes (Farthing): (1657)
O  Arms; three fishes pale
IOHN PEMELL IN
R  I A P
LEWIS DRAPER 57 I A P
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The issuer was constable in 1618.

Robert Pemel was author of a work entitled "Help for the Poor" (London 8vo., 1650).--See S. A. C. xxi. 219.

Peter Pemel was constable of Lewes in 1635 and 1647.

In Col. John White's "First Centurie of Scandalous and Lewd Ministers (printed by order of the House of Commons in 1643), we find, No. 67:

"The Benefice of Anthony Hugget, Parson of the Parish Church of the Cliffe [now part of the Borough of Lewes], in the county of Sussex, is sequestered, for(?) that he. . . .put one Peter Pennell, whom he had 7 yeers before admitted to the comunion, from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, because he would not come among the Boyes to be catechized; and likewise refused to deliver the Sacrament to William Pennell, because he was lame and could not kneel to receive it."

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