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List of guilds in the United Kingdom

This is a list of guilds in the United Kingdom. It includes guilds of merchants and other trades, both those relating to specific trades, and the general guilds merchant in Glasgow and Preston. No religious guilds survive, and the guilds of freemen in some towns and cities are not listed. Almost all guilds were founded by the end of the 17th century, although some went out of existence and were refounded in the 20th century.

EnglandEdit

AlnwickEdit

Black and White Smiths[1]
Butchers[1]
Cordwainers[1]
Joiners and Shoemakers[1]
Merchants[1]
Skinners and Glovers[1]
Tanners[1]
Weavers[1]

BristolEdit

Society of Merchant Venturers (1552), meets Merchant Hall[2]

CarlisleEdit

Butchers[1]
Cordwainers[1]
Merchants[1]
Skinners and Glovers[1]

Chester[3]Edit

Bakers (1462)[1]
Barber Surgeons
Brewers
Bricklayers
Butchers
Cappers and Pinners
Coopers
Cordwainers
Goldsmiths (1573)[1]
Innholders
Joiners (1578)[1]
Masons
Mercers
Merchant Drapers
Merchant Taylors
Painters (1534)[1]
Saddlers & Curriers
Skinners
Smiths
Tanners (1361)[1]
Weavers
Wet and Dry Glovers (1380)[1]
Wrights and Slaters

CirencesterEdit

Weavers' Company (1550s), meets Weavers' Hall[2]

CoventryEdit

Broad Weavers and Clothiers (1665)[1][2]
Company and Fellowship of Cappers and Feltmakers (1494); meets in Cappers' Room of old cathedral[1][2]
Drapers (1534); meets in Drapers' Hall[1][2]
Fellowship of Mercers[2]
Fullers' Guild (1438)[1][2]
Tanners' Guild[2]
Worshipful Company of Worsted Weavers (1449; refounded 1703)[2]

DurhamEdit

Barbers and Surgeons[2]
Butchers[2]
Cordwainers[2]
Curriers[2]
Drapers[2]
Joiners[2]
Masons and Plumbers[2]
Tailors[2]

ExeterEdit

Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers and Shearmen (1495), meets Tuckers Hall[1]

Kingston-upon-HullEdit

Guild of Masters, Pilots and Seamen of Trinity House (1369)[1]

LichfieldEdit

Worshipful Company of Smiths (by 1601)[2]

LondonEdit

The Guild of Freemen of the City of London

Newcastle-upon-TyneEdit

Bakers and Brewers (1342)[1]
Barber-Surgeons (1442)[1]
Bricklayers, Wallers and Plasterers (1454)[1]
Butchers (1621)[1]
Colliers, Paviors and Carriagemen (1656)[1]
Coopers (1426)[1]
Cordwainers (1566)[1]
Curriers, Felt-makers and Armourers (1546)[1]
Glovers (1436)[1]
Goldsmiths (1536)[1]
Society of Hostmen (1600)[1]
House Carpenters, Millwrights and Trunkmakers (1579)[1]
Joiners and Cabinet-makers (1589)[1]
Society of Master Mariners (1492)[1]
Masons (1581)[1]
Merchant Adventurers (1215)[1]
Milners (1578)[1]
Plumbers and Glaziers (1536)[1]
Ropemakers (1648)[1]
Saddlers (1459)[1]
Sail-makers (1663)[1]
Scriveners (1675, refounded 1974)[1]
Shipwrights (1636)[1]
Skinners (1437)[1]
Slaters and Tylers (1451)[1]
Smiths (1436)[1]
Tanners (1532)[1]
Taylors (1536)[1]
Upholsterers, Tin-plate workers and Stationers (1675)[1]
Weavers (1527)[1]

NorwichEdit

Barber-surgeons (1439)[2]
Guild of St George (1389; refounded)[2]

PrestonEdit

Preston Guild (1179)[2]

Richmond, North YorkshireEdit

Company of Fellmongers (refounded 1980)[1][4]
Company of Mercers, Grocers and Haberdashers[1]

SheffieldEdit

Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire (1624), meets Cutlers' Hall[2]

ShrewsburyEdit

Drapers (1462); meets Drapers' Hall[1][2]

SouthwarkEdit

Guildable Manor (880AD, 1327), meets St George the Martyr, Southwark
King's Manor, Southwark (1103, 1550), meets Inner London Crown Court
Great Liberty of Southwark (1550), meets The Boot and Flogger
Tanners of Bermondsey (1703), meets St Mary Magdalen Bermondsey and The Leather Exchange

WorcesterEdit

Clothier's Guild (1590)[1][2]

YorkEdit

Gild of Freemen of the City of York (1953) meets Bedern Hall[5]<"[1]" />[5]
Guild of Building (1954), meets Bedern Hall[2][5]
Butchers Gild (1272)[2], meets Jacob's Well [6]
Company of Cordwainers (1395, refounded 1970s), meets Bedern Hall[1][5]
Merchant Adventurers (1357), meets Merchant Adventurers' Hall[2]
Company of Merchant Taylors (1386), meets Merchant Taylors' Hall[2][5]
Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (1960)[2]
Guild of Scriveners (1478, refounded 1981)[7]
Guild of Media Arts (2015)[7]

ScotlandEdit

AberdeenEdit

Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen (1587)[1]

ArbroathEdit

Arbroath Guildry Incorporation (1725)[8]

AyrEdit

Ayr Guildry (1325)[9]

BrechinEdit

Guildry Incorporation of Brechin (1629), meets Guildry Room of Brechin Mechanics' Institute[10]

DundeeEdit

Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee[1]

EdinburghEdit

Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh (1505), meets Merchants' Hall[2]
Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh (1578)[2]

ElginEdit

Glovers[1]
Hammermen[1]
Shoemakers[1]
Squaremen[1]
Tailors[1]
Weavers[1]

GlasgowEdit

Merchants House of Glasgow (1605)[1]
Trades House of Glasgow (1605)[1]

IrvineEdit

The Incorporated Trades of Irvine (1646)[1]

LanarkEdit

Guildry of Lanark (1658)[11]

PerthEdit

The Guildry Incorporation of Perth

RutherglenEdit

The Incorporation of Tailors of Rutherglen (1657)[1]

StirlingEdit

Merchant Guildry of Stirling (1226)[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt Tom Hoffman, "Guilds and Related Organisations in Great Britain and Ireland: a bibliography (Part II)"
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae John Kennedy Melling, London's Guilds and Liveries, pp.6-12
  3. ^ Freemen of Chester, "Companies"
  4. ^ Fellmongers Company, "Fellmongers Company of Richmond - History and Heritage Archived 2012-03-04 at the Wayback Machine"
  5. ^ a b c d e "York's ancient guilds", York Press, 5 July 2011
  6. ^ "Jacob's Well". The York Butchers Gild. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  7. ^ a b "York's first modern guild reaches 100 member milestone", York Press, 20 January 2016, Retrieved 3 July 2016
  8. ^ "Arbroath Guildry", The Court of Deans of Guild of Scotland
  9. ^ "Ayr Guildry", The Court of Deans of Guild of Scotland
  10. ^ "The Guildry of Brechin", The Court of Deans of Guild of Scotland
  11. ^ "The Guildry of Lanark", The Court of Deans of Guild of Scotland