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.
#1229 CHANDLER. 1656 In the field, the initials E. R. G.
Rev. IN THE UPPER GROUND Anchor, with cable.
#1230 ARNOLD KNIGHT III field, HIS HALF PENY.
Rev. IN THE UPPER GROUND In field, a pair of oars crossed.
The device is a charge in the Watermen's arms.
#1231 WILLIAM STEWART AT YE BLAK In the field, a bull.
Rev. BVLL IN THE UPER GROUND HIS HALFE PENNY. W. S.
The Bull sable, with the horns, hoofs, and members or, was an early badge of the house of Clare or Clarence ; from which family the line of York derived their right to the throne. It was a badge borne by King Edward the Fourth.
As a sign, the Black Bull was formerly and is even now occasionally encountered ; the Black Ox never ! Our household proverbs have their influence over minds generally superior to prejudice or superstition, and a deference is paid to certain of our earliest prepossessions. When we see one who has frolicked recklessly in the sunshine of good fortune, apparently unmindful of the end, we say, the black ox has not yet trodden on his foot ; that is, he has yet to learn the chilling effects of adversity or sorrow. Misfortunes, the penury of others, or the patient endurance of the infirmities of age, rarely excite his compassion or sympathy ; yet how touchingly remonstrative is the admonition Lilly embodies in his Euphues" when the black crowes foot shall appeare in their eie, or the black oxe tread on their foote, who will like them in their age who liked none in their youth?" Sign. E I.
#1232 WILLIAM WARNER IN THE An angel, 1669, in field.
Rev. VPER GROUND IN SOUTHWARK HIS HALF PENY. W. R. W.
#1233 ANN WHITE IN THE VPER Mercers' arms; A. W.
Rev. GROUND IN SOUTHWARK HER HALF PENY.
#1234 NIC. YATES AT Ye KINGS OLD BARGE HIS HALFE PENNY. 1669.
Rev. HOVS . VPER GROUND . SOVTHWORK The Bakers' arms.
#1235 AT THE FETHERS . 1652 Prince's plume, in the field.
Rev. AT VEARE STREETS END In the field, W. S. C.
B3265. Obverse. at . the . fethers . 1652 = The Prince of Wales’s feathers.
R. AT . VEARE . STREETE . END = W . S . C.
B3266. Obverse. THOMAS . MICHEL , IN . VERE = T . M . M.
R. STREETE . NEW . MARKET = T . M . M. 1/4
B3267. Obverse. ANN . Sinbr...LE. (?) . govlden = A lion rampant.
R. TAVERN . IN . VEARE. STREETE. 67 = HER HALFE PENY.
1236 FREEMAN ELLIS IN VINE COURT, in the field.
Rev. GOVLDING LANE. 1656 In the field, F. I. E.
B3268. Obverse. R . Machin . vine . court = A rose and crown.
R. BY . THE . CVSTOM . HOVSE = R . I . M. 1/2
B3269. Obverse. John . Smith . vine . court = Chequers.
R. BY . THE . CUSTOM . HOVSE = I . R . S. 1/4
B3270. Obverse. Henry . Richman = Three horseshoes.
R. IN . VINEGER . YARD = H . E . R. 1/4
Walbrook in the olden time must have been a place of great public resort. By the
Close Roll, 39 Edward III., m. 26 dorso, it appears, there were but three
taverns in London licensed to sell sweet wines; one in Cheap, another in
Walbrook, and a third in Lombard street.
#1237 WILLIAM FROST AT THE W. F. ; I? ill the field.
Rev. GLOVB IN WALBROOCK In the field, a globe.
Struck on the large brass size for a penny.
B3271. Obverse. WILLIAM . FROST . AT . THE = W . F. 1D .
R. GLOVE . IN . WALLBROOCK = A globe.
B3272. Obverse. John . Milner . his . half . peny = The Prince of Wales’s
R. in . waneforth . street . 1666 = A sugar-loaf. 1/2
B3356. Obverse. Edward . Dennis = 16. A sugar-loaf. 66.
R . NEARE . THE . KINGS . WARDROBE = HIS HALF PENY 1/4
B3357. Obverse. AT . THE . WARDROBE . IS = W . H . HEMP.
R WORKE . FOR . THE . POORE . = W . H . FLAX . 1653; below, a small R for Rawlins. 1/4
For others of Rawlins’s tokens, vide Nos. 1523 and 2722.
“ Snelling gives this Token, and says of it, that it was probably a Seminary for
Industry of Mrs. Cromwell’s.” — Akerman.
B3358. Obverse. RICH . LEVIS . neer . the = A sugar-loaf.
R. KINGS . WARDROBE = R . M . L. 1/4
B3359. Obverse. ANDREW. ATKINS. 1664 = The Bakers’ Arms.
R. IN . WARWICK . LANE = HIS HALFE PENNY.
B3360. Obverse. at . ye . crowne . in = A crown.
R. WARWICK . LANE . 1657 = T . M . C.
B3361. Obverse. MATHEW . GEORGE . AT . THE = A Crown.
R. CROWNE . IN . WARWICK . LANE = HIS HALFE PENNY.
B3362. Obverse. Edward . Jones . at . ye . georg = St. George and the Dragon.
R. IN . WARWICK . LANE . l66... = HIS HALFE PENY.
B3363. Obverse. Richard . Lyon . in . Warwick . Lane (in four lines).
R. his . half . peny = A lion rampant, holding a coffee pot. " 1/2
B3364. Obverse. Robert . Brett . at . the = An arched crown.
R. CROWN . IN . WATER . LANE = R . P . B. 1/4
B3365. Obverse. Augustine . Davies . in . watr = An anchor.
R. LANE . NEERE . YE . CUSTOM . HOUS = HIS HALF PENY. A . B . D.
B3366. Obverse. in . water . lane . nere = A crowned bust holding a sceptre.
R. THE . CUSTOM . HOUSE = E . S . S.
B3367. Obverse. at . the . gunn . in = A mounted cannon.
R. WATER . LANE . 1658 = 1 . A . S. 1/4
B3368. Obverse. water . lane . by = A crowned bust holding a sceptre.
R. THE . CUSTOM . HOUSE = H . P . T. 1/2
In Temple street, opposite the glass-house.
#1264 ISAAC GORDENER . WATER A rose crowned, in field.
Rev. MANS LANE IN WHITFRYERS In field, I. I. G.
Watling street appears to have long been censurably notorious for its extreme
narrowness as a public-way. Moxon, in his Tutor to Astronomy, printed in 1670,
describing the via lactea or milky way, a white circle seen in the heavens,
observes " some in a sporting manner call it Watling street, but why they call
it so I cannot tell, except it be in regard of the narrowness it seemeth to
have." So Gay, in his Trivia, asks
" Who would of Watling street the danger share,
When the broad pavement of Cheapside is near ? "
#1265 IOHN HAMMOND GROWER] A dog, in the field.
Rev. IN WATLING STREETE In the field, I. H.
#1266 THOMAS COOPER AT THE A Moor or Negro's head.
Rev. IN WATLING STREET. 1668 HIS HALFE PENY.
The issuer - was probably a pawnbroker, as this sign was sometimes used by the trade.— Vide No. 3418.
B3371. Obverse. THOMAS . KITCHINMAN . AT . THE = A building.
R. GUILD . HALL. IN. ..TLINC . STREET = HIS HALF PENY. T . A . K.
B3372. Obverse. JOHN. BEWER . AT = HIS HALF PENY.
R. wellclose . stile = The Fruiterers’ Arms.
B3373. Obverse. Will . Exel . by . ye . Antwerp = View of the city of Antwerp.
R. IN . WENTWORTH . STREETE = W . A . E. 1/4
For another Antwerp Tavern, vide No. 963.
B3374. Obverse. JOHN . HAM . IN = A Cross.
R. WENTWORTH . STREET = I . M . H. 1/4
B3375. Obverse. Edward . Holton . at . ye . black (in three lines over a horse).
R. IN . WENTFORD . STREET . HIS . HALF . PENNY (in. six lines). (. Heart-shaped .) |-
B3376. Obverse. AT . THE . SUGAR . LOAFE = A Sugar-loaf.
R. IN . WENTFORTH . STREET = I . E . W.
#1267 ARTHOR PRYOR. 1667 In the field, HIS HALF PENY.
Rev. IN WESTMINSTER A. P. in cyphers, in the field.
#1268 ALEXANDER BVRCHETT In the field, HIS HALF PENY.
Rev. IN WHEELERS STREET A pack-horse, in field.
#1269 MARTIN RIDGIN IN A field or woodland gate.
Rev. WHEELER STREET M. M. R., in the field.
Ridgin, the issuer, was evidently a woodmonger.
B3377. Obverse. Thomas . Boyden . at . the = Bust of Charles II. crowned.
R. IN . WHEELER . STREET . 1669 = HIS HALF PENY. T . A . B.
B3379. Obverse. James . Grimes . m = An Indian smoking a pipe.
R. WHEELER . STREET = I . A . G.
B3380. Obverse. THOMAS . LOLE . AT . THE = A Sugar-loaf.
R. IN . WHEELERS . STREET = T . M . L.
B3382. Obverse. Walter . SHALLER = The Mercers’ Arms.
R. IN . WHEELERS . STREET = W . H . S.
B3383. Obverse. at . the . TARLETON = The figure of Tarlton, with a pipe and tabor.
R. IN . WEELERS . STREET = W . E . W.
Tarlton was a famous clown and actor in .Shakespeare’s time. He kept the
Castle Tavern in Paternoster Row, q.v. (No. 2188).
#1270 IOHN LOCKE IN WHITES In the field, the initials, I. L,
Rev. ALLY IN CHANCERY LANE HIS HALF PENY.
Whitefriars, formerly a privileged place of sanctuary, is repeatedly referred to by dramatists and others, as ALSATIA ; it was the resort of libertines and rascals of every description ; and here the corrupt practitioners of the law obtained a ready supply of affidavit men, or knights of the post, as they were termed. The notorious noon-day abuses committed here, and the riot in the reign of King Charles the Second, occasioned by the Alsatian refuge and protection accorded to the mad-headed enthusiasts called Levellers and Fifth Monarchy men, caused its suppression and clearance.
#1295 EDWARD LIGHTMAKER IN Three goats' heads, in the field
Rev. WHIT FRYERS . BREWER In field, E. S. L. 1/4
The goats' heads on the obverse are one and two ; in the Cordwainers' arms the shield bears a chevron, the goats' heads two and one. Lightmaker served as constable in the Whitefriars precinct, for the years 1650 and 1651.
#1296 THE DARKE HOUSE 1657, in the field. Rev. IN
WHIT FRIERS 57 In the field, I. A. Y. 1/4
#1297 RICHARD FARSHAL AT Ye Wheatsheaf, in the field.
Rev. IN WHIT FRYERS . BAKER R. K. F. 1/4
Farshal served the office of constable in the Whitefriars precinct, for the years 1653, 1657, and 1658.
#1298 GOVIN . GOULDEGAY . WOOD The Woodmongers arms.
Rev. MONGER IN WHIT FRIRS In the field, G. A. G. 1/4
The crest of the Woodmongers' arms was adopted as a sign and designated as " the Lion in the Wood." There was formerly a tavern of this sign in Salisbury court, Fleet street ; but of the house nothing is known to the writer beyond the fact that, nearly eighty years since, the diurnals mention a well-dressed sharper going to the tavern, then kept by a Mr. Cooper, and, after drinking liberally, managing to secrete and carry off the silver tankard.
#1299 ROBERT HANCOCK A punning device ; a hand and cock.
Rev. AT WHITE FRYERS In the field, R. I. H. 1/4
#1300 THOMAS STOTESBERY St. George slaying the Dragon.
Rev. IN WHITE -FRIERS In the field, T. A. S. 1/4
The wardmote court return of licensed vintners in the Whitefriars, on St. Thomas's day, Monday, December 22d, 1651, mentions a " William Stoatesbury, vintner;" as the name is not again noticed it was possibly the same person, notwithstanding the difference in the Christian name.
#1301 JOHN CLAY WOODMONGER Horse and cart, in field.
Rev. IN WHITE FRYARS. 1667 HIS HALFE PENNY.
B3477. Obverse. Isaac . Gordener . water = A rose and crown.
R. MANS . LANE . IN . WHITEFRYERS = I . I . G.
B3480. Obverse. Jeremiah . Horne = A wheatsheaf.
R. IN . WHITE . FRYERS . 1664 = HIS HALF PENY.
B3482. Obverse. Ann . Mathew . at . the . lime = A wheatsheaf.
R. WHARFE . IN . WHITE . FRIERS = A . M. 1/4
B3483. Obverse. Peter . Sayve . in . white = The Weavers’ Arms.
R. FRYERS . HIS . HALFE . PENY = P . M . S.
B3484. Obverse. EDWARD . SMART . AT . THE = A bull’s head.
R. IN . WHIT . FRIERS = E . M . S.
B3486. Obverse. WILLIAM . WHITE . BREWER = HSI HALF PENY TOKEN.
R. AT . WHITEFRIARS . DOCK = W . I . W.
Note the word “token,” and see No. 3117.
B3488. Obverse. Richard . Robert = Three greyhounds.
R. IN . WHITE . HALLE = R . D . R. 1/4
B3489. Obverse. at the . Queens . Arms = A dragon.
R. IN . WHIT . HALL = E . E . T.
#1302 PHILLIP GARRETT In the field, a crown. Rev. IN
WHITE HART LANE . 1666 HIS HALFE PENNY.
#1303 HUMPHREY VAUGHAN IN A man bearing a sack.
Rev. WHITE HART YARD. 1666 HIS HALF PENY.
This issuer was probably a coal-seller.
White-Hart yard was immediately opposite to Somerset house in the Strand ; it is now called Swan yard, from the White Swan public-house, on the west side.
The original White Swan, at the west corner, in the Strand, is now the Morning Chronicle newspaper office.
B3490. Obverse. Phillip . Carterett = A crown ; below, P . S . C.
R. IN . WHITE . HART . YARD . l666 = HIS HALFE PENNY.
B3491. Obverse. Thomas . Clatworthy . at . the = A crooked billet.
R. IN . WHITE . HART . YARD . 1666 = HIS HALFE PENNY.
B3492. Obverse. John . Pearson . mealman = A windmill and a packhorse.
R. IN . WHIT . HART . YARD . STRAND = HIS HALFE PENNY. I . A . P.
B3493. Obverse. JOHN . SYMONDS . AT . THE = A Crown.
R. TAVERN . IN . WHIT . HART . YARD = I . M . S. 1663. 1/4
B3495. Obverse. JOHN . WILLIAMS . AT . YE . CROWN = A Crown.
R. WHIT . HART . YARD . IN . YE . STRAND = HIS HALFE PENY. I . E . W.
B3496. Obverse. Rothrick . Diminsdale = A full-blown rose.
R. IN . WHITE . HORS . STREET . l668 = HIS HALF PENNY R . A . D.
B3497. Obverse. Thomas . Railton . baker = A wheatsheaf.
R . in . whithors . streete = A pair of scales. T . R. 1/4
B3498. Obverse. Robert . Wells . in . white = Three crowns on the royal oak.
R. HORSE . STREET . IN . RATCLIF = HIS HALF PENY. 1666.
#1304 WILL. NEAGVS IN WHITE HORS Scales and wheatsheaf.
Rev. YARD IN DRVRY LANE BACKER HIS HALFE PENNY. W. I. N.
#1305 10. BENION IN WHIT HORS YRD. A horse, in the field.
Rev. LONDON WALL NEER MORGAT In the field, HIS HALFE PENNY.
B3499. Obverse. JOHN . Sherwinn = A swan crowned.
R. CORNER . WILD . STRET = I . E . S. 1/4
#1306 WILLIAM THOMPSON AT THE A vulture, and w. T.
Rev. IN WINCHESTER STREET HIS HALFE PENNY.
B3500. Obverse. nathanill . bvrt = A windmill.
R. AT . WINDE . MILL . COVRT = N . A . B. 1/4
B3501. Obverse. in . windmill . covrt = A windmill.
R. ON . SNOW . HILL . 1657 = I . I . G. 1/4
B3502. Obverse. in . windmill . covrt = A windmill.
R. VPON . SNOW . HILL = I . W . T. 1/4
B3503. Obverse. at . the . Kattern . whil = A Catherine-wheel.
R. IN . WINFORD . STREET = L . T . D. 1/4
Wood street was probably so called from Thomas Wood, goldsmith and sheriff in 1491 ; by whom was erected a range of large buildings extending on the upper south side of West Cheap, from the cross to Bread street, named Goldsmith's row.
B3504. Obverse. the . castell . tavern = A castle.
R. IN . WOD . STREETE . 1650 = R . M . A. 1/4
3505. Obverse. 10 . almond . at . the = A cannon and cannon-balls.
R. GREAT . WOOD . STREET = I . I . A. 1/4
3506. Obverse. IOHN . BELL . 1663 = A bell.
R. IN . GREAT . WOODSTRET = I . A . B. 1/4
B3507. Obverse. beniamin . bovltby . at . the = The Soapmakers’ Arms.
R IN . LITLE . WOOD . STREET . l666 = HIS HALF PENY. 1/2
B3508. Obverse. will . Bvsby . his . half . peny . 1666 (in five lines).
in . great . wood . streete = A pair of cropper’s sheares. W . A . B. 1/2
B3509. Obverse. AT . THE . COCK . IN . GREAT = A COCk.
R. WOOD . STREETE . 1 65 I = 1 . H . C. 1/4
B3510. Obverse. Phillip . Clarke . in = A sugar-loaf.
R. LITTLE . WOOD . STREET = P . A . C. 1/4
B3511. Obverse. Richard . Clark . at . the = A winged horse.
R. IN . GREAT . WOOD . STRET — R . C. 1/2
B3512. Obverse. John . cock . grocer = Two keys crossed, I . R . C.
R. IN . GREAT . WOOD . STREET . HIS . HALF . PENNY (in five lines). 1/2
B3514. Obverse. EDMVND . COOPER . IN = A Spur.
R. GREAT . WOOD . STREET . 64 = E . M . C. 1/4
B3515. Obverse. JAMES . CORNWALL . AT . Ye . CROS . KEYES .
R. IN . GREAT WOOD . STREET . HIS . HALF . PENNY . 1670 (in five lines). 1/2
B3516. Obverse. THOMAS . CROVCH . GROCER . HIS . HALF . PENNY (in six
R. in . great . wood . street = A palfrey. 1/2
B3517. Obverse. at . the . flese . in = A fleece.
R. LETTELL . WOOD . STREET = T . D. 1/4
B3518. Obverse. phillip . ferrers . at . Ye = Seven stars.
R. IN . GREAT . WOOD . STREET = HIS HALF PENY. 1/2
B3519. Obverse. At . the . Eagle . and . child = The Crest of the Stanleys.
R. IN . GREAT . WOOD . STREET = M . A . F. 1/4
B3521. Obverse. Elizabeth . Grace . 1668 = A dolphin.
R. IN . LITTLE . WOOD . STREET = HER HALFE PENY. 1/2
B3523. Obverse. THOMAS . HALFORD . IN = HIS HALF PENY.
R. LITTLE . WOODSTREET . I 669 = A sheaf of COITL 1/2
B3524. Obverse. William . Hayes . in . 64 = A frying-pan.
R. WOOD . STREETE . IRONMVNGER = HIS HALF PENY. 1/2
B3525. Obverse. at . the . rose = A full-blown rose.
R. IN . WOOD . STREET = R . R . M. 1/4
B3526. Obverse. at . the . henn , and . chickens = A hen and chickens.
R. IN . GREAT . WOOD . STREETE = R . T . M. 1/4
#1307 JOHN GIBSON IN Salters Company arms, in the field.
Rev. GREATE WOOD STRET In the field, I. M. G. 1/4
#1308 WILLIAM HAYES IN.  64 In the field, a frying-pan.
Rev. WOOD STREETE IRONMVNGER HIS HALF PENY.
#1309 AT THE MITER TAVERNE In the field, a mitre.
Rev. IN GREAT WOOD STREET W. E. P., in the field. 1/4
B3528. A variety reads at . the . miter. 1/4
The issuer’s name was William Proctor.
Pepys, in his Diary, September 18th, 1660, mentions his going "to the Mitre tavern in Wood street (a house of the greatest note in London), where I met W. Symons, D. Scoball, and their wives. Here some of us fell to handicap, a sport that I never knew before, which was very good."
Notwithstanding the celebrity of the Mitre as a house of resort, the taverner appears to have been anything else but enriched by it. Richard Smith, in his Diary, records, August 1st, 1665, that " Will Procter, vintner, of the Mitre in Wood street, with his young son, died insolvent at Islington, of the plague."
The Mitre tavern was destroyed in the great fire in September, 1666.
B3513. Obverse. Ralph . Combs . at . Ye . Shears = A pair of cropper’s shears, R . C.
R. IN . GREAT . WOOD . STREET . 68 = HIS HALFE PENY. R . E . C. 1/2
#1310 RALPH COMBS AT Y E SHEARS Pair of clipping shears ; R. C.
Rev. IN GREAT WOOD STREET [16J68 HIS HALFE PENY. R. E. C. 1/2
Skelton, in the Tmrnyng of Elynour Rumming, the ale-wife of Leatherhead in Surrey, notices the run of the tipplers for her ale :
" Another sort of sluts, some brought walnuts,
Some apples, some peares, some their clipping sheares."
On the side next to the Parish Clerks' hall, " the Golden Shears" is still a sign there.
Little Wood street was formerly designated Cripplegate within.
#1311 IOHN GRICE IN A barber's soap-box, in the field.
Rev. LITTEL WOOD STREET In the field, I. G. G. 1/4
Archaeologists have not, among other domestic remains, announced the discovery of any barber's soap-box of the olden day, although the calling appears ;o be one of remote antiquity. Shaving the beard, in Greece, in the time of Alexander the Great, was considered a mark of effeminacy, practised by fops and low persons. Diogenes, one day meeting a man with a smoothly shaven chin, cynically questioned him, whether he had shaved as a reproach to nature, for having made him a man instead of a woman ? About the year of Rome 454, P. Tecunius imported a cargo of barbers from Sicily, and introduced into the Eternal City the practice of shaving the beard. Scipio Africanus was shaven daily. The fashion became so prevalent that when a young man was about to shave for the first time visits of ceremony were observed, and the precious produce of the operation, on applying the razor to his beard, was usually enshrined in a small gold or silver box, and dedicated to some divinity, but more particularly to Jupiter Capitolinus. The numismatic device on the London barbers' tokens was invariably the soap-box ; Mambrino's helmet, the lathering brass or pewter basin, with the neck-hole cut in the rim, or the opened razor, or scissors, never obtained the honour of notice or representation.
#1312 FRANCIS PLOMER . 1666 Barber's soap-box, in the field.
Rev. IN LITTLE WOOD STREET HIS HALF PENY. 1/2
B3529. Obverse. Jas . Ragdall . vper . end = A chandler.
R. GREAT . WOOD . STREET = I . R. 1/4
B3531. Obverse. John . standeven . in = Three crowns.
R. LITTLE . WOOD . STREET = I . R . S. 1/4
B3532. Obverse. John . wells . at . the = The Royal Arms.
R. IN . GREAT . WOOD . STREET = I . I . W. 1/4
B3533. Obverse. Thomas . Woodward = The Grocers’ Arms.
R. IN . WOOD . STREETE = T . W. 1/4
B3534. Obverse. AT . THE . MITER . AND . ROSE = A mitre.
R. IN . GREAT . WOOD . STREET = A full-blown rose.
The Mansion-house was erected in 1738, on the site of Woolchurch market.
#1313 HUGH LVMBARD AT THE Prince's plume, in field ; IN
Rev. WOLLCHURCH MARKET . 1670 In field, H. I. L.
B3536. Obverse. HENRY . WYBERT . POULTERER = H . S . W.
R. IN . WOOLCHURCH . MARKET = 1 D . 1671.
Bridge street, continuing the line of road from Great George street to
Westminster bridge, now occupies the site formerly known as the Wool-staple.
#1314 ROBERT WILLIAMS A Maltese cross, in the field.
Rev. IN THE WOOL STABLE In the field, R. M. W. 1/4
The Maltese cross, or cross pattee, on traders' tokens, generally represents a red cross, memorable, in an earlier day, as a distinctive warning to avoid infection, or, as Shakespeare designates it,
" The token'd pestilence where death is sure."
Antony and Cleopatra, act iii. sc. 8.
Howes, under the year 1530, records, " The plague of pest being hot in the city of London, blew crosses, called per signum Tau, were commanded to be set over the doores of houses infected," a practice that, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, appears to have been strictly observed, as in the parochial accounts, for 1563, of St. Margaret's, Westminster, is a credit of six pence, " Paid to the painter in Totehil street, for painting of certain blue crosses, to be fixed upon sundry houses infected." Later, red crosses appear to have taken place of the blue.
B3537. Obverse. William . Baylie . at . ye . wooll = A rose on its stalk, and
two other flowers.
R. STABLE . IN . WESTMINSTER = HIS HALFE PENNY. W . A . B.
B3538. Obverse. William . Frost . at . ye = A sword erect.
R. WOLSTABLE . WESTMINST = W . S . F. 1/4
B3539. Obverse. John . Newman . in . the . long = A lion rampant. WHIT.
R. WOOL . STABLE . WESTMINSTER = HIS HALFE PENNY. I . A . N.
B3541. Obverse. Oswald . foord . at . the = The Queen’s bust crowned.
R. IN . WITCH . STREET . l666 = HIS HALFE PENY. 1/2
B3542. Obverse. ROBERT. GREENE. NER e = NEW INN GATE.
R. IN . WITCH . STREETE = R . A . G. 1/4
B3343. Obverse. Robert . lee . at . Ye . in . wich = An eagle and child.
R. STREET . AGAINST . NEW . INN = HIS HALFE PENNY. 1/2
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