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17th Century Tokens : Evesham in Worcestershire

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Evesham

The name of the town is variously spelt Eveshem, Eveshame, Esham, Evisham, Ewsham.
W45: Worcestershire, Evesham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Arms of Evesham
[No Legend]
R  B E
FOR EXCHAINGE B E
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From a search of the minute-book of the borough, the first entry having reference to these town-pieces occurs during the mayoralty of Richard Goddard, about the year 1666:

"Item. Pd. to the present Mayor £11 10s. for the advance upon the settinge out of ffarthing & halfpence."

In 1668 we find an

"Item. Then pd. by the late Mayor, cost the present Mayor, the sum of Sixteen pounds being by him advanced in his mayorallty upon the settinge out of ffarthings & halfpence which he accounted as pt of the aforesaid £75."

This £75 refers to the sum handed over by the late Mayor to his successor, and has no connection with the tokens. A little later we find it ordered:

"That the Present Mayor is to render and accompt for the surplys of the money upon the last settinge forth of halfpence."

No mention of the number or nominal value of the tokens ordered to be issued is to be found, but that the number struck was considerable is evident from the following entry, in December, 1672, after which date no reference is made to these town-pieces:

"Item. The late Mayor payd to Wm Lane the present Mayor the sume of One hundred & ffity pounds in full of a Bond which hee sealed. Butt of this fforty nine pounds was paid in ffarthings and halfpence, which are lodged in the great Chest in the Hall."

W50: Worcestershire, Evesham (Farthing): (1656)
O  W A B
WILLIAM BROOKE W A B
R  W A B
IN EVESHAM 1656 W A B
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W51: Worcestershire, Evesham (Farthing): (1649)
O  P M C
PETER CROSS P M C
R  P M C
IN EVESHAM 1649 P M C
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W52: Worcestershire, Evesham (Farthing): (1649)
O  P M C
PETER CROSS P M C
R  P M C
IN EVESHAME 1649 P M C
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An engraving in Nash also corresponds; so that it is probable that the omission of the second E in the name of the town is an error of Boyne's.
W53: Worcestershire, Evesham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  P M C
PHILLIP CROSS P M C
R  P M C
IN EVESHAM 1649 P M C
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W55: Worcestershire, Evesham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  R M G
RIC GODDARD IN BRIDG R M G
R  R M G
STREET IN EVESHAM R M G
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W56: Worcestershire, Evesham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  R M G
RIC GODDARD IN BRIDG R M G
R  R M G
STREETE IN EVESHAM R M G
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Richard Goddard was Mayor of Evesham in 1666. In the minute-book of the borough we find:

"5th of May, 1654. Memorand. the day and year above sayd Richard Goddard with another were 'chosen to the Common Counsell of this Burrough.'"

Bridge Street is the most picturesque and interesting street in the town, and several of the houses bear evidence of considerable antiquity. It doubtless received its name from the bridge over the Avon, to which it leads.

W57: Worcestershire, Evesham (Farthing): (1654)
O  A flower
IOHN LACEY
R  I M L
OF EVISHAM 1654 I M L
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W58: Worcestershire, Evesham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
TIMOTHY MATHEWS
R  T P M
OF EWSHAM T P M
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W59: Worcestershire, Evesham (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
MATHEW MICHELL
R  M M M
OF EVISHAM M M M
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A James Mitchell was Mayor of Evesham, and left certain charities to the poor.
W60: Worcestershire, Evesham (Farthing): (1649)
O  W A R
WILLIAM RVDGE W A R
R  W A R
IN EVESHAM 1649 W A R
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William Rudge was Mayor of Evesham in 1661 and 1675. A John Rudge was Mayor in 1691, and a William Rudge in 1698 and 1712. Several gentlemen of this name have represented the borough in Parliament. At the visitation of the county, in 1682-83, William Rudge, of Evesham, disclaimed all right to bear arms. Nash gives an illustration of this token.

Mr. Woof, in his list of the tokens in the collection of the Corporation of Worcester, mentions a token of ELIZABETH AMVS, of EBISHAM; but this will be found described as belonging to Surrey.

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