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FM19052

Thomas Gelding farthing of Pissing Alley, St Pauls London 17th Century undated

17th Century Token, London, Pissing Alley near St. Pauls, Thomas Gelding, Farthing, a woolsack, legend surrounding, initial mark pierced mullet, THO GELDING NEARE, rev. initials in two lines, lozenge stop either side of G / T M, linear circle and legend surrounding, initial mark pierced mullet, PAULS. PISSING. ALLEY., weight 0.78g (B.W. 2253A). Uneven tone from being in mud, with some striations at centre, otherwise very fine, from an interesting location.

The "Pissing Alley" place name existed until the Great Fire of 1666 and was a small alley that connected Paternoster Row to St Pauls Churchyard in London. This token dates from the period before the Great Fire though is undated. After the Great Fire it was renamed Cannon Alley or as a map of 1677 shows Petty Cannons. However the older name still continued in Hearth Tax records for some years after the fire.

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