LONDON TRADERS, TAVERN, AND COFFEE-HOUSE TOKENS, CURRENT 1649-1672. :
Index of Tradesmens tokens.
Temple Bar Within, (FLEET STREET.) & Temple Bar Without, ( STRAND). was listed in the Beaufoy collection, now all listed here.
#1083 J0HN BATTELL AT LION Lion rampant, on shield.
Rev. TAVERN AT TEMPLE BAR I. D. B., in the field.
#1084 RICHARD PARROT. WITH Lion rampant, in the field.
Rev. OUT TEMPLE BARRE In the field, R. I. P.
Query, the Red Lion ?
#1085 AT THE WHIT HORSE Horse caprioling: sun in rays
above. Rev. WITHOUT TEMPLE BARR In the field, I. K. I.
The sign was possibly the Sun and White Horse, the device being the same on the following token.
#1086 JOHN JAMES WITH The sun, above a horse, in the field.
Rev. OVT TEMPLE BARR In the field, I. K. I.
#1087 JOHN LAWTON w ou? St. John's head in a charger.
Rev. TEMPLE BARR In the field, I. I. L.
The sign of the Baptist's Head appears to have been one of much prevalency in the time of papal domination. The subject seems to have been very generally adopted by Guido and other eminent painters. In the Ellesmere gallery is a fine picture by Domenico Feti, of St. John's head in a charger, precisely as depicted on the tavern signs of old.
#1088 AT THE GOULDEN LOCK A lock, in the field.
Rev. WITHOVT TEMPLE BARR In the field, I. E. M.
#1089 ROBART MATHEWS A plough, in field.
Rev. WITH OUT. TEMPLE BAR In the field, R. M. M.
#1091 JOHN RADFORD AT YE GOULDEN Pair of spectacles, in
the field. Rev. WITHOVT TEMPLE BARR . 68 HIS HALFE PENY. I. E. R.
#1092 AT THE WINDMILL A windmill, in the field.
Rev. WITHOUT TEMPLE BARR In the field, I. P.
The folly of disfiguring sign-boards in mere wantonness is not altogether of modern date. Sir John Denham the poet, when a student at Lincoln's Inn, in 1635, though generally temperate as a drinker, having stayed late at a tavern with some fellow students, induced them to join him in " a frolic," to obtain a pot of ink and a plasterer's brush, and blot out all the signs between Temple bar and Charing cross. Aubrey relates that R. Estcourt, esq., carried the ink-pot ; and that next day it caused great confusion ; but it happened Sir John and his comrades were discovered, and it cost them some monies.
B3030 Obverse. Edward . Apthorp = Three sugar-loaves.
R. WITH . OUT . TEMPLE . BAR = E . A. 1/4
B3067 Obverse. John . Spicer . at . ye . suger = Three sugar-loaves.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR . l666 = HIS HALFE PENNY.
B3068 Obverse. Joseph. Spicer . at . ye . 3 . svger = Three sugar-loaves.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR . 1666 = HIS HALFE PENNY.
The west side, or " without Temple bar," appears at this period to have been a sort of neutral ground, having no distinctive name, but is now numbered as part of the main street, the Strand.
B3031 Obverse. AT . S . DUNSTANS . TAVERN = I . A . B.
R. AT . TEMPLE . BARR = I . A . B. 1/4
B3032 Obverse. John . Battell . at . lion = A lion rampant.
R. TAVERN . AT . TEMPLE . BAR = I . D . B.
B3033 Obverse. THE . HAND . and . hoaly . bush = A hand holding a holly-bush.
R. at . S. C. [St. Clements] . nere . temple . bab = T . S . B. 1/4
“Evidently the same inn mentioned in 1708 by Hatton, ‘on the north side, and about the middle of the backside of St. Clements, near the church.’ ”—Larwood
and Hotten’s “ History of Signboards,” p. 250.
B3034 Obverse. GEORGE . BRYAN . AT . YE = A Sugar-loaf.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR = HIS HALFE PENY.
B3035. A variety reads :
Obverse. George . Bryar . at . ye = A sugar-loaf between G . B.
R. Same as that of preceding. 1/2
B3036 Obverse. John . Butler . fruiterer = A lion couchant.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR = HIS HALF PENY.
The Cock Ale House, at Temple Bar 1655 - H M C
B3037 Obverse. THE . COCK . ALE . HOUSE = A COCK.
R. AT . TEMPLE . BARR . 1655 = H . M . C. 1/4
Of this token, one of the rarest in the series, three specimens are known—one that was formerly handed round at the tavern itself, another belonging to Mr. Clements, and a third in the possession of my father, Mr. J. Eliot Hodgkin. There is a cut of it in Akerman’s “ London Tradesmen’s Tokens,” and another, together with a counterfeit presentment of the bird itself,* in the Illustrated London News for December 13, 1856.
The house, which was originally called the “ Cock and Bottle,” seems to have been built in the reign of James I. At all events, it remained internally unaltered from the days of the British Solomon until 1882, when it was pulled down to make room for improvements to Fleet Street.
It was a flourishing tavern in 1665, when the following advertisement appeared in the Intelligencer: “ This is to notify that the master of the Cock and Bottle, commonly called the Cock Ale-house, at Temple Bar, hath dismissed his servants and shut up his house for this long vacation, intending (God willing), to return at Michaelmas next; so that all persons whosoever who have any accompts with the said master, or farthings belonging to the said house , are desired to repair thither before the eighth of this instant July, and they shall receive satisfaction.”
Pepys records several visits to the “Cock,” among them one on April 23, 1668 :
“Thence by water to the Temple, and then to the Cock Alehouse, and drank, and eat a lobster, and sang, and mightily merry. So almost night, I carried Mrs. Peirce home, and then Knipp and I to the Temple again, and took boat it being now night.”
Strype, Book IV., p. 117, says: “The Cock Alehouse, adjoining to Temple Bar, is a noted publick-house.”
From that time onwards the tavern was frequented by several men of note, more especially by limbs of the law. Up to the year of its destruction more than one learned judge might be seen at luncheon-time enjoying his chop and his perfect pint of stout, concerning which delights see the Laureate’s “ Will Waterproof.”
In 1882 the house was sold to the Commissioners of Sewers for nearly £20,000. It was pulled down, and the business was transferred to the other side of the street.
B3038 Obverse. AT . THE . GREEN . CUSHEN = A Cushion.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BAR = R . M . C. 1/4
B3039 Obverse. Nicholas . cotton = A dragon.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BAR = N . C. 1/4
B3040 Obverse. THOMAS . DENMAN . AT . THE . KIN = A plough ; beneath, J.
R. GS . HEAD . WITHOUT . TEMPEL . BAR = Bust Of a king holding a sceptre. 1/2
B3041 Obverse. I AM . GOVER . APOTHECAR = A gate.
R. AT . TEMPLE . BARR . 1657 = I . K . G. 1/4
* This sign is said to have been carved by Grinling Gibbons.
B3042 Obverse. Joseph . Gurnei . at . the = A chandler standing within a crescent.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR = I . I . G. 1/4
B3043 Obverse. O. at . the . Lambe . Taverne = A lamb couchant.
R. temple . bar . WITHOUT = I . H conjoined. 1/4
B3044 Obverse. O. the . Rose . tavern = A full-blown rose.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR = R . E . H. 1/4
B3045 Obverse. O. at . the . man . in . the . moon = A naked man standing within a crescent. \
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BAR = T . H. 1/4
B3046 Obverse. O. HVGH . HALL . AT . Ye . WHITHART = A hart lodged. H . E . H.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BAR . 1666 = HIS HALF PENY.
B3047 Obverse. Joseph . Hast . oylman = A dragon.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE BARR = I . M . H. 1/4
B3048 Obverse. Thomas . Haward . 1666 = A heart crowned.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR = HIS HALF PENY.
B3049 Obverse. AT . THE . GOLDEN . FLEECE = A fleece.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR = S . A . I. 1/4
A variety reads :
B3050 Obverse. AT . YE . GOLDEN . FLEECE = S . A . I.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR = A fleece. 1/4
B3051 Obverse. John . James . with = A horse and sun.
R. OUT . TEMPLE . BARR = I . K . I.
B3052 Obverse. at . the . crowne = A crown.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR — I . M . K. 1/4
B3053 Obverse. at . the . whit . horse = A horse galloping ; above, the sun.
R. WITHOUT , TEMPLE . BARR = I . K . L. 1/4
B3054 Obverse. O. Tho . Laurence . in . red = A gate, and a pair of antlers.
R. WITHIN . TEMPLE . BARR . 66 = HIS HALF PENY. T . A . L.
B3055 Obverse. John . Lawton . WTH . OUT = The Baptist’s head on a charger.
R. TEMPLE . BARR = I . I . L. 1/4
B3056 Obverse. William . Lovinge . at . the = The Baptist’s head in a dish.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR = HIS HALFE PENNY. W . D . L.
B3057 Obverse. AT . THE . GOVLDEN . LOCK = A door-lock.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPEL . BARR = I . E . M. 1/4
B3058 Obverse. ROBART . MATHEWS = A plough.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BAR = R . M . M. 1/4
B3059 Obverse. at . the . winde . mill = A windmill.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR = I . P. 1/4
B3060 Obverse. Richard . Parrot . with = A lion rampant.
R. OUT . TEMPLE . BARRE = R . I . P. 1/4
B3061 Obverse. the . elevant . WITHOUT = An elephant with a castle on its back.
R. TAMPEL . BARR . 1650 = G . B . R. 1/4
“ The Poor mans Physician .... Sold by F. Smith at the Elephant and Castle
without Temple Barrel '—The Intelligencer , No. 23, March 27, 1665, p. 197.
B3062 Obverse. the . Pallsgrave . head = Bust of the Palgrave.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR = I . D . R. 1/4
Palsgrave Place, near Temple Bar, on the south side, is the site of the tavern, formerly of much notoriety. The Palsgrave Frederick, afterwards King of Bohemia, was affianced to the Princess Elizabeth in the old banqueting-house at Whitehall, December 27, 1612, when the sign was doubtless set up in compliment to him.—[B.]
Near the Palsgrave's Head tavern was Heycock's ordinary, much frequented by
parliament men and gallants. Here Andrew Marvell uttered the severe castigation
to certain members of the house, known to be in the pay of the crown., for the
ensuring the subserviency of their votes. Marvell dined usually at this
ordinary in the Strand, where, having eat heartily of boiled beef, with some
roasted pigeons and asparagus, he drank his pint of port ; and on the coming in
of the reckoning, taking a piece of money out of his pocket, held it between his
finger and thumb, and addressing his venal associates, said, " Gentlemen, who
would lett himself out for hire, while he can have such a dinner for
B3065 Obverse. the . Palsgrav . Head . tavern = Bust of the Palsgrave Frederick.
R . WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR = HER HALFE PENNY. D . B.
The Palsgrav Head Tavern Without Temple Bar. Her Half Penny. Initials D B . And Bust of the Palsgrave Frederick.
B3063 Obverse. the . tallow . chandler = A man dipping candles.
R. WITHIN . TEMPLE . BARR = R . S . R. 1/4
B3064 Obverse. John . Radford . at . YE . goulden = A pair of spectacles.
R. WITHOUT . TEMPLE . BARR . 68 = HIS HALFE PENY. I . L . R.
B3066 Obverse. at . the . ship . WITHOUT = A ship in full sail.
R. TEMPLE . BARR . l649 = W . M . S. 1/4
At the Ship Without Temple Bar 1649 and Initials W M S And a Ship in full sailThe Ship Inn, near Temple Bar, the site now denoted by Ship Yard, is mentioned, among other grants to Sir Christopher Hatton, in 1571.
Temple Bar and the Devil Tavern
B3071 Obverse. at . the . d . and . Dunstans = St. Dunstan pulling the devil’s nose with a pair of tongs.
R. WITHIN TEMPLE . BARRE = I . S . W. 1/4
At the D and Dunstans Within Temple Bar. Initials I S W. And St. Dunstan pulling the devil’s nose with a pair of tongs.
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