The Gilds: Reading’s Craftsmen and Tradesmen

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The Gilds: Reading’s Craftsmen and Tradesmen

Rules and ordinances of the Cutlers and Bellfounders Gild or Company

Date: 1560 | Reference: R/AG1/2

The Cutlers and Bellfounders Gild was one of five in existence at this date – the others were the Tanners and Leathersellers, the Mercers and Drapers, the Vintners, and the Clothiers and Clothworkers. The Cutlers and Bellfounders Gild actually admitted members of 17 other trades, including carpenters and joiners. This rule book is open to show the ‘perticuler orders’ relating to smiths and barbers.

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