In 1669, to meet a shortage of small change, Blandford issued
its own farthing coinage.
To celebrate the Duke of Tuscany,
Cosmo III passing through the town, the church bells were rung.
In 1673, Blandford called in all
tokens to the value of a farthing amounting to two pounds and eighteen
In 1674, thirty four pounds and ten
pence (£34.4p) was spent laying out a bowling green.
In 1680, Edward Wake died at Charlton
Marshall. He ‘suffered greatly’ in
the service of the King. He was shot in the head by the Governor of Wareham,
poisoned in another garrison, imprisoned about twenty times and was also
sentenced to death two or three times.
In 1688, hundreds of pounds changed
hands when members of the local gentry met up regularly for Saturday lunch and
gambling sessions in a Blandford Inn.
In 1690, Thomas Cox, the son of a
Blandford gentleman, after a long history of crime was executed at Tyburn in
London. On his way to the gallows he kicked both the hangman and the parson out
of his cart.
In 1691, Jack Withrington, another
notorious Blandford highwayman, was hung at Tyburn. It is said his four elder
brothers also ended their lives at the scaffold.
In 1698, all houses with more than
ten windows had to pay a window tax.
(Illustration: Blandford in the 1600s)