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Newsletter editorial, Nov '12: Pewterers and pattenmakers

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Newsletter editorial, Nov '12: Pewterers and pattenmakers

Postby Dave » Fri 30 Nov 2012 14:24 GMT

In this month's editorial we looked at the City of London's Livery Companies - their roots in the mediaeval guilds, their development in the early modern era and the foundation of new companies in recent decades to reflect the trades plied in today's City.

Is there anything like the guild system where you are in the world? Why not write and tell us about it? :-D
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Postby Graeme » Sat 1 Dec 2012 03:20 GMT

Many years ago when I was a police officer in the City of London I had the good fortune to visit several of the guildhalls, including The Guildhall in the City. The Fishmonger's Hall was very impressive and was where the 'Coming Out' Ball for the new debutantes was held. That was always an interesting sight seeing these young ladies flouncing around in their huge gowns. The Silversmith's and the Cordwainer's Halls were also very impressive. The Goldsmith's was sumptuous indeed. It always seemed a bit of a shame to me that even though these halls are open to the public at certain times few, if any, went to visit and look at the amazing history associated with the professions and halls. I think in retrospect I prefer the guild system to its successor, the unions, but I'm sure they both have their place. Nice article.
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Postby Dave » Sat 1 Dec 2012 03:56 GMT

Thanks, Graeme. :-) It was a fascinating subject to research, and we could easily have written loads more. I'm only sorry I never visited any of the guildhalls when living in London, because they sound well worth it.

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Postby Kay » Sat 1 Dec 2012 08:33 GMT

Thanks, Graeme. That's very interesting. It's not something I'd even thought of until recently. Dave and I were talking about the print industry and how it had evolved. We wondered if the job of compositor had become totally obsolete and in any case what did the job entail.

And then one thing led to another and I stumbled across some interesting info about the Guilds and it seemed like a good subject for the email newsletter.
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