THE HISTORY OF EAST GRINSTEAD - Online Book

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION.
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Parliament, and when first built was called " The Newe Inne." Subsequently it was named "The Ounce" and afterwards " The Cat," both these titles being derived from the two leopards which form the supporters of the Dorset arms. It was not called "The Dorset Arms" until the "Dorset Head," which stood where Barclay and Co.'s Bank now is, was done away with. This was originally named " The Chequer," and gave the name to the mead in the rear, which was subsequently attached to the Crown Hotel. John Taylor's " Catalogue of Tavernes in tenne Shires about London," published in 1636, says:
In 1811 The Dorset Arms was let at 30 a year, and The Crown, with its " outhouses, stables, yard, garden and bowling green," at the same figure. Both then belonged to the Sackville family. A considerable farm at that time went with the Crown, including the Friday, Chequer and Hips fields, and this farm was valued at 42 a year. The three coins named above were all farthings; the next, though practically of the same size, was a halfpenny:
Richard Page also issued a Hellingly halfpenny in 1669, and he may have been in partnership with Seastid in East Grinstead. The latter name is a rare one, but may be the same as Isted or Histed, both of which are possessed by old local families.
In the latter part of the eighteenth century the copper coinage ran very short, and tradesmen again issued their own tokens in vast quantities. The only local one was issued by J. H. Boorman, a grocer and draper:
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