LONDON TRADERS, TAVERN, AND COFFEE-HOUSE TOKENS, CURRENT 1649-1672. :
Index of Tradesmens tokens.
The # prefix is the numbering of the Beaufoy collection, and B is the prefix of additional tokens listed in the Boynes collection.
(See also New Exchange , The Savoy , Strand Bridge , and Temple Bar Without .)
The Strand, now among the most busy of highways, continued to be a strand, on
the banks of the Thames, long after all other parts of extending London and
Westminster had lost their original appearance and character. The footway from
Temple bar, so called from the magnificent adjoining house of the Templars
thence to the Palace of Westminster, was, in 1315, so ill maintained, that the
feet of horses, as well of rich as of poor men, were often greatly injured,
particularly in the rainy season, the footway being frequently interrupted by
bushes and thickets. The sites of two of the bridges in the line of roadway of
the Strand, passing over streams which had their course to the Thames, are yet
denoted by the names given to the lanes through which the channels found their
way : Strand bridge, or Strand lane, opposite the end of Newcastle street, and
Ivy bridge, the lane leading to the Fox-under-the-hill, between Salisbury street
and the Adelphi.
The Palsgrave's Head tavern is listed under Temple Bar
#1090* JACOB ROBINS AT PRINCE Half figure, with truncheon in right hand.
Rev. RUPERT'S HEAD IN YE STRAND HIS HALFE PENNY. I. E. R.
#1093 YE COFFEE HOUSE AGAINST In field, W. E. S.
Rev. S. CLEMENTS CHURCH . STRAND HIS HALFE PENY.
The Strand in its course lay on the south side of the church ; the north side had the appellation of" the backside of St. Clement's," or " back of St. Clement's;" but under the improvements introduced by Alderman Pickett has obtained the name of Pickett street, a deserved compliment paid to his public services. The portion so named commences at Ship yard, passes St. Clement's churchyard, and terminates at the end of Wyche street.
#1094 GEO: LAURANCE. MEAL A wheatsheaf, in the field.
Rev. AGA T CLEMENTS CHV In the field, G. M. L. 1/4
The Christian name, GEO. ends, not commences, the legend,
#1096 MATTHIAS BOWMAN In the field, an escalop shell.
Rev. IN THE STRAND. 1667 HIS HALFE PENY, in field.
The escalop-shell was the badge of a pilgrim', and became so general that Pope Alexander the Fourth, between the years 1254 and 1261, prohibited all pilgrims, but those who were truly noble, from assuming the escalop-shell in their armorial insignia.
The Apostle St. James the Great, generally pourtrayed in the garb of a pilgrim, has the escalop-shell as his symbol ; and being the patron saint of the abbey at Reading in Berkshire, that monastic institution bore azure, three escalops or. The abbot had the privilege, about the year 1300, to coin money ; and on the pennies struck in this mint is an escalop-shell, in the first quarter on the reverse.
#1097 ROB. CHAMBERS NEAR YE The may-pole, in the field.
Rev. MAY-POLE IN THE STRAND In field, R. I. C. 1.
On the obverse, in the field, is a sugar-loaf and three cloves : Chambers was therefore a grocer.
#1098 NAT. CHILD NEAR YE MAY POAL Boar's head, in field.
Rev. IN YE STRAND . GROCER . HIS 1/2 - Chequers.
Nat Child near ye May Poal in Ye Strand Grocer with A Boars Head pierced with three arrows and A Chequers BoardThe boar's head on the obverse is pierced with three arrows. From the chequers being on the reverse he was possibly licensed to sell wines.
The LObster at the Maypole in the Strand. Initials E G. And A lobster, in the field.
At the Canary House in the Strand. 1665. One Penny inside Vine leaves.
“ These are to certify that Mr. Roberts Grocer near York-Gate, is appointed in
the roo?n of Mrs. Warwick at the end of the Pell-Mell . ... to receive all
paid and ttnpaid, and to carry them to the Office for dispatch —The London
Gazette , No. 174, July 15-18, 1667.
#1120 GEORGE SMITH IN YE STRAND HIS HALFE PENNY.
Rev. AGAINST YORK HOVSE . AT Y E Crown, in field.
#1121 Thomas Salisbury . his halfe peny in script characters.
Rev. IN YE STRAND NERE CHARING CROSS Three hawks, perched.
#1122 IN THE STRAND A chopping-knife ? in the field.
Rev. IN WESTMINSTER In the field, s. S. M.
#1123 CHARLES STURTON AT In the field, C. S.
Rev. THE SWAN IN THE STRAND A swan, in the field. 1/4
“ Stolen out of a ground in Kensington on Sunday night, April 28, a pair of bright bay Mares .... with starrs in their foreheads : whoever brings tydings of them, or either of them, .... to the Master of the Szvanne Inne in the Strand, shall have three pounds for his pains .”—Mercurius Pub liens , No. 17, April 25—May 2, 1661, p. 265.
#1124 RICHARD SUMPTER In the field, a greyhound in speed.
Rev. IN THE STRAND. 1664 R. L. S. in the field.
B3012. Obverse. Richard . Sumpter = A greyhound running.
R. IN . THE . STRAND . 1664 = R . E . S. 1/4
B2987 Obverse. AT . Ye . Gray hound = A greyhound.
R. TAVERNE . IN . Ye . STRAND = R . M . I. 1/4
“ By the 21st. section of the Act for rebuilding the city, [after the Great
Fire,] the Corporation had the power to widen certain of the streets, and
by Act of the Common Council, 29 April  Fleet Street was accordingly
ordered to be enlarged ‘from the place where the Greyhound Tavern stood to
Ludgate ’ to 45 feet instead of 32 and 23 as heretofore.”—Noble's “Memorials of
#1125 Robert Ward. 1664, in three lines, occupies the field.
Rev. GLAS SELLER IN Ye STRAND A pendant bottle.
The pendant bottle is the charge in the arms of the company of Bottle-makers and Homers of London ; the leather bottle, that induced an exulting lyrist of the olden day to
" Wish that in heaven his soul may dwell,
That first devised the leather bottel."
In the roll of accompts of the personal expenditure of John king of France,
while prisoner in England, for the year July 1st, 1359, ending July 8th, 1360,
occurs the item, " Pour deux boteilles de cuir, achetees a Londres, pour Mon-
seigneur Philippe, 9s. 8d."
The early interlude of The Four Elements, printed by Rastell, in or about 1510, has a line,
" So merely pypys the mery botell."
This was doubtless no other than the leather bottle, that has so frequently as a sign figured as a will o' the wisp to many a jolly carouser; but these have vanished. " The old leather bottle" in a solitary instance is to be found in Leather lane, at the corner of Charles street ; and, although it once gave character and distinction to Messrs Hoare's banking-house, opposite St. Dunstan's church in Fleet street, the leather bottle is placed over the entrance, visible to every passer-by, but, like that in Leather lane, it is profaned by gilding : it is the golden, and not " the leathern bottle."
#1126 JOHN WILLIAMS AT YE CROWN A crown, in the field.
Rev. VINTNER IN YE STRAND HIS HALF PENY. I. E. W.
B2952. Obverse. Sam . Allatt . ironmonger = The Queen’s head.
R. IN . Y E . STRAND . AGAINST . IVEY . BRIDG = HIS HALFE PENNY.
B2953. Obverse. Rich . Ashwin . near . svmer = Three sugar-loaves and R . E . A.
R. set . hovse . in . the . strand = A maypole and J.
B2957. Obverse. Isaac . Browne . in . ye . strand = A rose and crown.
R. NEERE . CHARING . CROSS = I . E . B. 1/4
B2958. Obverse. at . y e . Kings . Head = A bust of Henry VIII. with sceptre.
R. TAVERN . IN . YE . STRAND = A . C. 1/4
B2959. Obverse. AT . THE . ANGELL = An angel holding a scroll.
R. IN . THE . STRAND = I . E . C. 1/4
B2961. Obverse. Robt . Chamberlaine . at . y e = A maypole, a sugar-loaf, and three cloves.
R. MAYPOLE . IN . THE . STRAND = R . I . C.
“ After dinner out with Baity, setting him down at the Maypole in the Strand.”
—Pepys’ “ Diary,” December 20, 1666.
B2963. Obverse. Phillip . Complin = at the. 1666. A maypole and a building.
R. IN . THE . STRAND . DISTILLER = HIS HALFE PENY.
B2964. Obverse. William . Constable = The Prince of Wales’s feathers.
R. IN . THE . STRAND . 1664 = HIS HALF PENY.
B2965. Obverse. GEORGE . CRAFTES . AT . THE . SVN = The SUn.
R. IN . YE . STRAND . HIS . HALF . PENY = G . A . C. 1666.
The position of this house is fixed by the Mercurius Publicus , March 29—April 5, 1660, p. 1215 :
“ Thomas Oldfield .... dwells next door to the sign of the Sun in the Strand betwixt the Savoy and Worcester-housed*
B2966. Obverse. elles . crispe . at . y e . black = A naked boy with bow and arrow.
R. BOY. IN . THE . STRAND . 1 669 — HIS HALFE PENNY. ^
B2967. Obverse. at . the . axe . in = An axe.
R. THE . STRAND . 1653 = 1 . D. 1/4
B2968. Obverse. at . ye . halfe . moone = A half-moon and bunch of grapes.
R. TAVERN . IN . YE . STRAND = I . K 1/4
“ Lost or left somewhere, and forgotten a Whartons Almanack of 1663, with a
Red Cover claspt, and Papers in it mentioning Payments of Money to one Johnson,
Blackman , and others. Whoever shall give notice thereof to Mr. Hinderson at
the Half-moon Tavern in the Strand .... shall have 20s. for his peyns.”—The
Newes t No. 56, July 14, 1664, p. 453.
B2971. Obverse. JOHN . DUTTON HIS HALF PENY = HEAD OF Henry VIII.
R. neare . y e . in . y e . strand = A maypole.
B2972. Obverse. WILLIAM . ELKINGTON . AT . Y E = A bell.
R. TAVERN . IN . THE . STRAND = W . S . E. 1/4
“ Bell Tavern, Bell Yard, originally belonged to the Priors of St. John. It
is mentioned in the parish register in 1572. In 1672, Daniel Bland, at the ‘ Bell,’
lost his servant, horse, and ^100 in money, for whose recovery he advertised.”—
Mr. Noble’s “ Memorials of Temple Bar,” p. 109.
B2973. Obverse. ROBERT . FAWCETT . IN . Y E . STRAND = HIS HALFE PENNY.
R. A . MEALE . MAN . l666 = R . E . F.
B2974. Obverse. NICHOLAS . FITZ . IEOFFERY = A Sunflower.
R. IN . Y E . STRAND . MILLINER = HIS HALFE PENY.
B2975. Obverse. THE . LOBSTER . AT . THE = A lobster.
R. MAIPOLE . IN . THE . STRAND = E . G. 1/4
B2976. Obverse. Rich . George . at . brewers = St. George and the Dragon.
R . yard . end . in . y e . strand . 1664 = A cock and a flagon. 1/4
B2977. Obverse. Charles . gibbon = A dragon.
R. IN . STRAND = C . G. 1/4
B2978. Obverse. anthony . goldston . at . y e = A female bust.
R . strand . confectioner = a . g and four cloves. 1/4
B2979. Obverse. , FRANC . GROVE . AT . WHIT = Aswan.
R . AGAINST . SOMERSET . HOVSE=F . E . G. 1/4
Afterwards the Morning Chronicle newspaper office. The sign-post of the White
Swan, and its movable or swinging sideboard, with a decorated iron frame, is
pictorially shown in June’s ludicrous, but scarce, print of “ The Lady’s Disaster,” 1746.
Subsequently, the White Swan was a public-house on the west side of Swan
Yard ; but that house, and three others, were destroyed by fire May 4, 1812.— [B.]
B2980. Obverse. the . white . harte = A hart lodged.
R. brewho.strand = C . H (conjoined). 1/4
B2981. Obverse. THE. FOVNTAINE . TAVERNE = A fountain.
R. IN . THE . STRAND . 1657 = E . H. 1/4
“In 1763 Johnson is described as reading ‘Irene’ to Peter Garrick, at the
Fountain Tavern, No. 103 Strand, but no longer in existence. Strype describes
it as ‘a very fine tavern, very conveniently built,’ and as fronting on the Strand
‘ close to the alley leading to Fountain Court.’ Simpson’s was erected on its site.”
— “ Literary Landmarks of London,” p. 170.
“He [Steele] frequented .... the Fountaine, No. 103 Strand, marked by
Fountain Court, until the summer of 1884, when its name was changed to Savoy
Buildings.”— lb., p. 290.
B2982. Obverse. RICH . HARABEN = STRAND (in TWO lines).
R. GROSER . AT , EAGLES . COVRT = 1661. 1/4
B2983. Obverse. ST . HARRISE . IRONMONGER = AT . THE. A lobster.
R. aganst . y e . his . ^ = A maypole and a building.
B2984. Obverse. will . horsley . cheesmonger = A woman churning.
R. NEARE . YORK . HOVSE . IN . Y E . STRAND = HIS HALF PENY. 1667.
B2985. Obverse. thomas . hvnt . baker = Nine rolls of bread.
R. IN . THE . STRAND . l666 = HIS HALF PENY.
B2988. Obverse. Jeremiah . Ives . at . the = The Kings’ Arms.
R. IN . THE . STRAND . 1666 = CHEESMONGER. HIS HALF PENNY.
B2989. Obverse. FRAN . IEFFERY . HIS . J . PENY = F . A . I.
R. the . golden . by . york . hovs = A lion rampant.
Jeffery also issued a farthing token ; but at that time he had another wife, the initial being M., not A.
B2990. Obverse. IN . THE . STRAND = I . A . L.
R. NERE . CHERING . CROS = I . A . L. 1/4
B2991. Obverse. AT . Y E . ONE . BELL . IN = A bell.
R. THE. STRAND. l657 = R. L. 1/4
B2993. Obverse. Tho . Langton . at . ye = A mitre.
R. MITER . IN . YE . STRAND = T . D . L. 1/4
“All People in His Majesties Dominions maybe pleased to take notice, that Major Alexander Merchant de St. Michel Esquire hath obtained the Kings Letters Pattents, for the preventing or curing the Smoak in any Chimney, by a new, easie, and infallible way, at final and inconsiderable charges with few Bricks, as it hath been fully tryed at the Miter Tavern in the Strand over against the May Pole .... The instructions for the budding or mending such Chimneys shall be shewed at eight in the morning every Munday to any Bricklayer or other ingenious person desirous to use it at the Miter Tavern aforesaid .... The Licenses . . . .
shall be given at the rate of five shillings for every Chimney or Firehearth.”—The Kingdom's Intelligencer, No. 32, August 3-10, 1663, p. 509.
B2995. Obverse. Richard . Lyone . in . ye . Strand (in three lines across the field).
R. his . half . peny = A lion rampant, pouring from a coffee-pot into a cup.
B2996. Obverse. in . the . strand = A chopping-knife.
r. IN . WESTMINSTER = S . S . M. 1/4
B2997. Obverse. James . Morey . at . ye = A stag lodged. 1656.
R. whit, hart . strand = The same. 1/4
B2998. Obverse. at . the . Salutation = Two men saluting.
R. TAVERNE . IN . THE . STRAND = L. E . P. 1/4
B2999. Obverse. John . Perris . at . the . hare = A hare running.
R. IN . THE . STRAND . l666 = HIS HALF PENY.
B3000. Obverse. WILLIAM . PHLIS . IN = Arms
R. THE . STRAND . BAKER = W . E . P .
B3001. Obverse. EDWARD . PRICE . AT . YE . MITER = A mitre and a rose.
R. ROSE . TAVERNE . IN . YE . STRAND = HIS HALF PENNY
B3004. Obverse. Jacob . Robin . at . prince = Half-length of Prince Rupert.
R. RUPERTS . HEAD . IN . YE . STRAND = HIS HALFE PENNY. I . E . R.
B3005. Obverse. THO . ROGERS . MEALE = 1658.
R. MAN . IN . Y E . STRAND = T . R. 1/4
B3006. Obverse. Calixt . Rust . in = A rhinoceros; the Apothecaries’ crest.
R. the . strand . 1665= A pot of lilies. 1/4
B3007. Obverse. at . ye . 3 . suger . loaves = Three sugar-loaves.
R. IN . Ye . STRAND . 1657 = G . M . S. 1/4
B3008. Obverse. Thomas . Salisbury . his . halfe . Peny (in four lines).
R. IN . YE . STRAND . NERE . CHARING . CROS = Three falcons on a perch.
B3010. Obverse. George . Smith . grocr = A sugar-loaf.
R. IN . THE . STRAND . 1658 = G . A . S. 1/4
B3014. Obverse. JOHN . TWISLETON . AT . Y E = A building. I . T.
R. IN . THE . STRAND . HIS = HALFE PENNY.
B3017. Obverse. Le . Willson . at . the . 1666 = Bust of Henry VIII.
R. TAVERN . IN . THE . STRAND = HIS HALF PENY.
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