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17th Century Tokens : Kidderminster-Stourbridge in Worcestershire

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

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Kidderminster

Here we have a list of seventeen tokens of this century. The name of the town is spelt in a variety of ways: Kidermvnster, Kitterminster, Kederminster, and Kiderminster. The tokens bear evidence of the staple trade of the place at that time, for we find the Weavers' and Merchant-Tailors' Arms, chears, and a shuttle amongst the devices adopted by the issuers.
W64: Worcestershire, Kidderminster (Farthing): (1652)
O  A raven
AT THE RAVEN IN
R  R M B
KIDERMVNSTER 1652 R M B
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W66: Worcestershire, Kidderminster (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A pair of shears
FRANCES CARTER
R  F M C
IN KITTERMINSTER F M C
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W68: Worcestershire, Kidderminster (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A man making candles
EDWARD CHAMBERLIN
R  E A C
OF KEDERMINSTER E A C
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W69: Worcestershire, Kidderminster (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A man making candles
EDWARD CHAMBERLIN
R  E P C
OF KEDERMINSTER E P C
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From the registers we glean that "Edward Chamberlyn" was buried February 24, 1673.
W72: Worcestershire, Kidderminster (Farthing): (1670)
O  HIS FARTHING
SIMON PITT 1670
R  S E P
IN KIDERMINSTER S E P
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In the parish registers we note:

"1618. Sep. 8th christned Symon, the sonne of Henry Pytt and of Alice his wyf."
In 1616 a Thomas Pytt is referred to as one of the "High Baylifes."

This is one of the very few farthing tokens which have the value expressed on them.

W73: Worcestershire, Kidderminster (Farthing): (1657)
O  A pair of scales
WILL PRITTY MERCER
R  W P
IN KITTERM STER 57 W P
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There is a flaw in the die between the M and S in the name of the town, otherwise I think it would read KITTERMINSTER.

Mary, the wife of William Pretty, was buried March 28, 1678.

W77: Worcestershire, Kidderminster (Farthing): (1656)
O  A nag's head
IOHN ROWDEN IN
R  I A R
KIDDERMINSTER 1656 I A R
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W92: Worcestershire, Shipston-on-Stour (Farthing): (1669)
O  A panier-basket
RICHARD COOPER OF
R  R B C 1669
SHIPSON VPON STOWER R B C 1669
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This probably a farthing, but in the list of Seventeenth Century Tokens in the B. M. not described in Boyne's work ("Numismatic Chronicle" for 1884, p. 337), No. 92 is included as a halfpenny.

The name of Cooper has long been associated with Shipston-on-Stour. In 1753 a William Cooper of that town was fined £5 for taking money of William Taylor, of Armscot, to excuse his serving upon the jury at sessions.--"Notes and Queries for Wocestershire," p. 77.

W95: Worcestershire, Shipston-on-Stour (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Ironmongers' Arms
EDWARD PITTWAY
R  E P
OF SHIPSTON E P
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Stourbridge

Thirteen tokens and varieties are given as belonging to this town. They are chiefly halfpennies, and include the town piece, which is a very creditable production. The Ironmongers' Arms is a common device upon the tokens, showing that the iron trade has been connected with the town for a considerable period.
W103: Worcestershire, Stourbridge (Farthing): (1657)
O  The Grocers' Arms
THOMAS NOTT 1657
R  T N
OF STOVRBRIDGE T N
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W108: Worcestershire, Stourbridge (Farthing): (1656)
O  E I S
EDWARD SPARRYE E I S
R  1656
OF STOVRBRIDGE 1656
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A John Sparrye, of Stourbridge, left a charity to the poor of Old Swinford, the income of which was about 15s. per annum.
W109: Worcestershire, Stourbridge (Farthing): (1657)
O  H S S
HVMPHREY SVTTON H S S
R  1657
OF STOVRBRIDGE 1657
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W110: Worcestershire, Stourbridge (Farthing): (1656)
O  H S S
HVMPHREY SVTTON H S S
R  1656
OF STOVRBRIDGE 1656
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