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Wapping Tavern Tokens

December 5, 2014
by the gentle author

I would dearly loved to have accompanied you on a pub crawl along the river and through the alehouses and stews of seventeenth century Wapping, but instead we must content ourselves with these few humble tavern tokens as the imaginative means to evoke an entire long-lost world.

King’s Head Taverne

… At The Hermitage

The Ship Taverne

… Wapping Wall, 1650, John Saunders

Bunch of Grapes, John Goddin, King’s …

… Streete At Wapping

Queen’s Head, New Crane Wharf ….

Coffee, chocolat, tea, sherbet .… Can anyone decipher the rest?

At The White Bear

… At Wapping Wall

Edward Fish At …

… The Sunn In Wapin…

Roger Price At  The…

… Black Boy In Wapin

At The Man In The …

.. Moun In Waping, 1652

The Cock In Wapping ..

.. Andrew Coleman At, His Halfpenny

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

You may also like to take a look at

The Gentle Author’s Wapping Pub Crawl

and these other tokens

Bishopsgate Tavern Tokens

Aldgate & Aldersgate Tavern Tokens

5 Responses leave one →
  1. December 5, 2014

    The tokens are really interesting, great that so many survived over the centuries. Valerie

  2. Hilary Barton permalink
    December 5, 2014

    The website below has a photo of a less weathered, but I think identical, Coffeehouse penny token. The website says that it “is of the early 1660s and advertises the various commodities on offer to its patrons. As stated in the central field of the token these included “Coffee, Chocolat, Tea, Sherbett & Tobac sould in Exchange Alley”.”

    https://pepyssmallchange.wordpress.com/category/tokens-from-west-of-the-city-walls/

    I love these old tokens :-) Hilary

  3. Pauline Taylor permalink
    December 5, 2014

    Fascinating, and it makes one wonder how many of these tokens our London ancestors may have had in their pockets. I love this sort of thing which brings to life the world that they must have lived in. Thank you.

  4. Peter Holford permalink
    December 5, 2014

    Some interesting folk art. Have some of them been found in the Thames mud? They look a bit corroded.

  5. May 15, 2016

    Its great to see these tokens all together.

    Fore more details behind a couple of them (Roger Price & Edward Fish) see the following web pages;

    https://pepyssmallchange.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/roger-price-at-the-black-boy-in-wapping/

    https://pepyssmallchange.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/edward-fish-at-the-sign-of-the-sun-in-wapping/

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