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From: Gordon Barlow <>
Subject: [London-Companys] cordwainers
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 22:52:05 -0400


Another excellent essay from Peter, the one on cordwainers. (The word always sounds like one made up by Kenneth Williams, don't you think?)

Interesting that the Cordwainers Company has an almshouse in Chesham, Bucks. Did they ever exercise direct influence on provincial practitioners? Along the same line: did provincial artisans (of any craft, not just cordwainers) ever form their own guilds? If not, why not?

Oh, and lastly: over the centuries, quite a few people seem to have been surprisingly generous with their bequests to the Guilds of London. "Surprising" not just to me, but to their families, surely?

Gordon Barlow



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