R Payne, Jnr. Picker's token. 1/- Rev. as obverse. Rnd. Black on white card with surrounding metal rim. ca 33.5mm. 1950s ? Holed, as issued, though it is not apparent as to whether this serves to indicate something, or was part of the process of manufacture. Scarce. Slightly soiled, otherwise F-GF, or better.
In 1938, Harry Payne, probably of the same family, was appointed one of the Land Tax Commissioners for the Isle of Ely area. The surname is of some antiquity in this area.
Guyhirn is a typical English fenland village, situated on the north bank of the navigable river Nene 20 miles from the Wash. Ten years ago a new bridge was built across the Nene to take the busy A47 Peterborough to Wisbech road away from the centre of the village and form a junction with the A141 road to March, Ely and Huntingdon. On the opposite bank the B1187 takes traffic from the A47 towards Lincolnshire.