Æ farthing, 1653. Diameter 15mm. · IOHN· SINDRIY · · * around; in centre, a shield bearing the grocers' arms. R. OF· BVRFORD· 1653 around, ·S· above I·E in centre. BW 52; Norweb 3602. An area weak due to poor striking, otherwise a strong Fine.
John Sindrey paid tax on five hearths in 1662 and 1665.
Burford with its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages is a small, pretty medieval town on the River Windrush nestling in the Cotswold hills, is 18 miles west of Oxford, 22 miles southeast of Cheltenham, and about 2 miles from the Gloucestershire/Oxford boundary.
One of the most picturesque of English towns it often is called the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, the town was originally a fortified Anglo-Saxon (burh) on a crossing (ford) of the Windrush. It was important in Saxon times and which later grew to be an important regional crossroads and wealthy wool town after obtaining a charter from Henry II. Its almshouse for poor widows was founded in 1457 and its free grammar school in 1571. The fine church is an architectural gem with many tombs and memorials commemorating some of Burford's families. There is also the signature, on the baptismal font, of Anthony Sedley, one of the Levellers besieged in the church in 1649.
It had 1,686 inhabitants in 1830; the 2011 Census recorded the population of Burford parish as 1,410 and Burford Ward as 1,847.
A graffito written high up on a lavatory wall in Oxford, the centre of the Oxford Movement in the 19th century, reads: If you have looked as far as this, you must be looking for something. Why not try the Roman Catholic Church.
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Oxfordshire - Burford - British 17th Century farthing token - John Sindry - Cotswolds