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Newcastle-u-Lyme, T Highfield. Farthing token.

Æ 22.5mm.  T. HIGHFIELD  GROCER & TOBACCONIST  NEWCASTLE.  R. VICTORIA QUEEN OF GREAT BRITAIN Her head left. W. TB2 3750.  Slight stains, otherwise EF

Strictly graded to British standards.

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The issuer of these tokens is something of a puzzle, for in 1861 there were two grocers of the same name in Newcastle, one in Red Lion Square and the other in Penkhull Street. Given that there are two tokens, they may both have been token issuers !

(1822) 1828 - 1835 Thomas Highfield, grocer, Red Lion Square. 1842 grocer, 19 Red Lion Square. 1861 grocer and corn merchant, Red Lion Square. (1868).
1841 census: Thomas Highfield, Red Lion Square, grocer, 40, wife Jane 36. They had one assistant, two apprentices, and two domestic servants living in.
1851 census: Thomas Highfield, 14 Red Lion Square, grocer, 49, two apprentices, and two domestic servants. 1861 census: Thomas Highfield, grocer, 60, wife Jane, 57, lived in Red Lion Square, 3 doors from the Globe Hotel. Living with them were his nephew as assistant, one apprentice, and one domestic servant. He died in Trentham on the 13th November, 1868. Jane survived him.

(1842) 1851 Thomas Highfield, carter, 72 Penkhull St. 1861 Thomas Highfield, grocer, Penkhull St. (1868)

1851 census: Thomas Highfield, 72 Penkhull Street, shop keeper, 49, wife Harriet, 50, they had three children, the eldest, a son, aged 17, was his assistant grocer.
1861 census: Penkhull St., Thomas Highfield, grocer, 59, wife Harriet, 60, son-in-law, widower 40, granddaughter, a lodger, and a servant.

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