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17th Century Tokens : Devizes in Wiltshire

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

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W64: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1668)
O  A mermaid
STEPHEN BAYLY OF
R  S B 1668
DEVIZES MERCER S B 1668
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The issuer was elected Maister of the Fraternity, or Guild, of Mercers of the Devizes, and sworn accordingly in 1682.
W65: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IOHN FREY
R  I F
THE DEVISES I F
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This issuer held the same office in 1677.
W66: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1664)
O  An open hand
IOHN FRY 1664
R  Two pipes crossed, I F
IN THE DEVISES I F
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W67: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A castle
FRANCIS GOVLDING
R  The Grocers' Arms
IN YE DEVISE GROCER
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W68: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1652)
O  A ship
EDWARD HOPE
R  An anchor
OF THE DEVIZES 1652
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Edward Hope was Mayor of Devizes in 1624. His son Edward was Mayor in 1654, and again in 1661; and Richard held the office in 1706, 1716, and 1721.

Edward Hope is mentioned in the return of the Lord-Lieutenant of Wilts to the Council of James II, 1687, as "a very honest and fitt person to serve his Majty." Further on he is spoken of as a Dissenter, and "fitt to be a Deputy-Lieutenant and Justice of The Peace;" and again, in the King's Agents' report to his Majesty, it is said that "Sir John Eyles (also a Dissenter), and Edwd Hope are both right (i.e., in favour of the repeal of the Test and Penal Statutes), and that they would undoubtedly be chosen as members of Parliament."--Vide "Rawlinson MSS." in the Bodleian Library.

This issuer was sworn Maister of the Guild on July 2, 1621, and his son Edward in 1656.

W69: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1652)
O  A ship within a dotted ring
EDWARD HOPE OF
R  An anchor within a ring
THE DEVIZES 1652
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W70: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  I S H
IOHN HAMMOND I S H
R  Three clasped books
OF THE DEVISES
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W71: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1652)
O  A castle
GRACE NAISH OF THE
R  Three cloves
DEVIZES 1652
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W72: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1669)
O  The Tallowchandlers' Arms
FRANCIS PARADICE
R  F M P 1669
CHANDLER IN YE DEVIZES F M P 1669
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The issuer was Mayor in 1688.
Will Paradice was Mayor in 1681, 1682, 1692, and died in office in 1703.
Francis Paradice was Master of the Guild in 1657, and his son Francis in 1696.
W73: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1666)
O  A sugar-loaf
IOHN SLADE GROCER
R  I S
IN THE DEVIZES 1666 I S
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W74: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1663)
O  The Grocers' Arms
RICHARD SLADE
R  R S
IN THE DEVIZES 1663 R S
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W75: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1663)
O  The Grocers' Arms
RICHARD SLADE
R  R S and two pipes crossed
IN THE DEVIZES 1663 R S
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W76: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1652)
O  The Grocers' Arms
WILLIAM SOMNER OF
R  W S 1652
THE DEVIZES GROCER W S 1652
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W77: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1663)
O  The Grocers' Arms
WILLIAM STEVENS
R  W A S
IN THE DEVIZES 1663 W A S
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W78: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
WILLIAM STEVENS
R  W A S
IN THE DEVIZES W A S
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W79: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (1666)
O  R W and two mullets
RICHARD WATTON 1666 R W
R  R W
GROCER IN YE DEVIZES R W
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W80: Wiltshire, Devizes (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  R W
RICHARD WATTON R W
R  R W
GROCER IN DEVISES R W
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The issuer was Mayor in 1670, 1679, 1680 and 1699, and again took office on the death of Will Paradice in 1703. He was Master of the Guild in 1661, 1667, and in 1672.

In 1696 the clothiers and others of Devizes petitioned the House of Commons, complaining of the scarcity of coined money, and their petition was referred to the Committee on the Coinage Bill.

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