Below is an image of a British farthing dated 1658 and bearing the name Thomas Snook with a place name of Stalbridg (Stalbridge, Dorset). The Snook (or Snooke) surname was present in Stalbridge over many years and 19 are mentioned in the Stalbridge Protestation returns of 1641, with two having the firstname of Thomas. The Stalbridge BMDs for this period no longer exist although the nearby parish of Lydlinch records baptisms with a father Thomas Snooke at this period and the burial records for Stalbridge list three Thomas burials in Q1 of the 1700s.
The absence of a father’s profession suggests BMD records for this period wouldn’t help with my quest which is to try to determine Thomas’s trade or profession. The date is also earlier than the period I’ve researched previously for genealogy purposes.
British farthings / tokens of this type were issued for only a brief period (see www.britishfarthings.com). The reference books may well help but would be costly to pursue and the enquiry form on the site doesn’t work on my PC (a perl script).