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History Stamps

We’ve found a few interesting pieces of equipment in the Wardenry as we have been decorating it. These stamps are amongst my favourites. It took quite a while for us to realise what they were, then they had to wait until last weekend until I remembered to take a decent piece of paper down there so that I could share them with you!

two metal stamp that look like old fashioned hole punches stood on a marble table. Paper is put under the stamp and an arm pushed down to indent the lettering onto the paper.

I have no idea how old these are yet, but I imagine many Farley Hospital letters being stamped with them and I can only wonder what official business they have been used for over the years?

paper that has been stamped, some text not readable as the stamp is old, but which says "The Wardenry, Farley, Salisbury"
The Wardenry, Farley, Salisbury

Both stamps are either quite worn on one side or need to adjusted? One simply states “The Wardenry Farley Salisbury” and the other is altogether more flashy with details of the founding date of the Hospital (1682) as well as Birth and Death dates for Sir Stephen Fox, our founder.

paper that has been stamped, some text not readable as the stamp is old, but which says "Farley Hospital A.D. 1682. Sir Stephen Fox. Born 1626. Died 1716." There is also some Latin which is not readable.
Farley Hospital A.D. 1682. Sir Stephen Fox. Born 1626. Died 1716.” There is also some Latin which is not readable.

We will give the stamps a clean and see if we can get them to work properly as they once would have. If we manage to, I’ll do another post about it.

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