Æ farthing, 1656. Diameter 15.5mm. * RICHARD· CRISP around; in centre, WEB STER in two lines. R. * IN CLARE· 1656 around, R*C in centre. BW 98; Norweb 307. Fine-Good Fine.
In the 17th century there were eight token issuers in the town of Clare, a small market town on the north bank of the River Stour in Suffolk. There are traces habitation in the area from pre-historic times. It is 14 miles from Bury St Edmunds and 9 miles from Sudbury. Its main industry until the 1700s was the production of woollen cloth, which then declined due to mass production elsewhere. In 1830 the population was 1,487. At the 2011 census it had 2,028 inhabitants. Richard Crisp, a webster, or weaver, was one of the principal traders of the town. He was fined in 1651 for not keeping his fences in order.
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Suffolk - Clare - British 17th Century farthing tokens - Richard Crisp, webster or weaver.
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