John Wackett trade-token

Object number

LDVAL 2005.16.1

Date

after 1860

Description

Metal trade-token to the value of 40/~ (shillings or pence?). Bears the name of John Wackett of Spitalfields. John Wackett (b. 1838) was a farmer from Dagenham who lived in Rose Lane Farm.
Spitalfields takes its name from the hospital and priory, St. Mary's Spittel that was founded in 1197. It was in a field next to the priory where the now famous market first started in the thirteenth century. After the Great Fire of London destroyed much of the city, King Charles II granted John Balch a Royal Charter that gave him the right to hold a market on Thursdays and Saturdays in or near Spital Square. As the area grew in popularity, Spitalfields became a parish in its own right in 1729 when Hawkesmoor's Christ Church was consecrated. For the next 200 years the market continued to blossom. Trading from a collection of sheds and stalls, doing its best to cope with London's growing population and appetite for fresh fruit and vegetables. As time went by, it became a centre for the sale of home grown produce, which was being traded there six days a week

Physical description

Hexagonal metal trade token made from copper or brass.

Condition

Good

Type

trade-token

Size

Whole length: 32mm
width: 28mm
Depth: 1mm

Collection type

Social history

Inscription

Inscription Cast On Front: JOHN WACKETT SPITALFIELDS
Inscription Cast On reverse: 40/~

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1634 (2005-08-26)

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Metadata
Start dateafter 1860
InstitutionValence House Museum
Typetrade-token
Collection typeSocial history