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 Farringdon Ward (London).Far’thingale (3 syl.). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A fourth part. Penny pieces used to be divided into four parts, thus, ⊕. One of these quarters was a feor- thung or farthing, and two a halfpenny. (Anglo-Saxon, feor-thung.)   1
   I don’t care for it a brass farthing. James II. debased all the coinage, and issued, amongst other worthless coins, brass pence, halfpence, and farthings.   2
   The feorthung was the fourth part of other coins. Thus, we read in the Grayfriar’s Chronicle:   3
        “This yere the kynge made a newe quyne, as the nobylle, half-nobylle, and ferdyng-nobylle.”

 Farringdon Ward (London).Far’thingale (3 syl.). 


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