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17th Century Tokens : Kirkby_Stephen-Kirkland in Westmorland

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

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W13: Westmorland, Kirkby-Stephen (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  & R P
IOHN FALLOWFEILD
R  MERCERS
IN KIRBYSTEPHEN MERCERS
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W14: Westmorland, Kirkby-Stephen (Farthing): (1659)
O  A pair of scales
KIRKBY STEPHEN IN
R  H R 1659
WESTMOR LAND H R 1659
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The parish registers contain the following entry:

"17 Apl., 1661. Thos. the son of Hugh Raw of Kirkby-Stephen baptized."

This is the only entry in the registers combining the letters on the token, H R.

W17: Westmorland, Kirkby-Stephen (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A crown, H A
MARGRE SANDERSON H A
R  I B
IN KIRBYSTEPHEN I B
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W18: Westmorland, Kirkby-Stephen (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A crown
IEOFFERY THOMPSON
R  A heart pierced with two arrows, with an eye above it
IN KIRBY STEPHEN
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The parish register, under date August 4, 1668, has the following: "Agnes Steadman Servt to Jeoffrey Thompson buried."
W19: Westmorland, Kirkland (Farthing): (1666)
O  Arms as on No. 5, except that the fourth quarter has three guttae or drops
THOMAS WILSON
R  KIRKLAND 1666
THOMAS WARDE OF KIRKLAND 1666
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Kirkland adjoins the town of Kendal, and now forms part of both the Parliamentary and municipal borough, and being without the jurisdiction of the Mayor, was formerly much resorted to by tradesmen not free of the Corporation.

Only one specimen is at present known of this token, which is in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and bequeathed to it by Brown Willis, the antiquary, in 1760.--Nicolson and Burn's "History of Cumberland and Westmorland," i., p. 73.

A variety with the arms of Kendal, as shown on that of the Mercers' piece, was found in Jendal in 1844.--Gateshead Observer, March 5, 1853.

Drunken Barnaby, whose lines on Kendal we quote above, sings of Kirkland:

"Nunc ad Kirkland, et de eo,
'Prope Templo procul Deo'
Dici potest, spectant Templum,
Sacerdotis et exemplum,
Audient tamen citius sonum
Tibiae quàm concionem."
"Now to Kirkland, truly by it
May that say be verified,
'Far from God but neare the Temple;'
Though their pastor give exemple,
They are such a kind of vermin,
Pipe they'd rather heare than sermon."

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