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London (2206), Portpool Lane, John Hind & Tho: Gwilym, Halfpenny

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17th century token

Holborn (Metropolitan Middlesex)

Portpool Lane

John Hind & Tho[mas] Gwilym

Halfpenny

Obv:  IOHN HIND AND THO GWILYM          =        Head of Charles II

Rev:  BREWERS IN PERPOOLE LANE        =        THEIR / HALFE / PENNY

1.89g.

BW 2206, Norweb 8105.

About Very Fine and scarce.  An unusual double issue.  Ex Taffs, Nott and Norweb collections.

It is quite possible that "Perpoole Lane" was in fact the same as Gray's Inn Lane.  The lane led to the Manor of Portpool, which is believed to have been the location for the later buildings of Gray's Inn.  The name "Gray's Inn Lane" gradually took hold during the later 16th and 17th centuries.  However, another Portpool Lane leading east from Gray's Inn Lane has been known since the 1640s, and is still there today.