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|Subject:||Drinkings by the craft gilds|
|Original source:||Bristol Record Office, Great Red Book, f.14|
|Transcription in:||Elspeth Veale ed., The Great Red Book of Bristol, Bristol Record Society, vol.4 (1933), part I, 125-26.|
|Original language:||Middle English|
Memorandum that on 20 May 1450 William Canynges, mayor of the town of Bristol, Thomas Hore, sheriff of that town, John Borton, Richard Forster, John Sherp, Clement Bagot, John Shipward, John Stanley, Nicholas Hille, William Coder, John Forde, William Pavy, with all [other] notable and worthy persons who were assembled in the hall of the common council of the town on the above date, have ordained and permitted that the drinkings on the nights of [the festivals of] St. John and St. Peter shall, from henceforth, be restricted solely to members of those crafts who come on those nights before the mayor, sheriff and notable persons, and their successors. The mayor then in office is to provide at his expense wine to be sent to the craft [gild] halls on St. John's day, according to the provisions below. And the sheriff then in office is to do the same on St. Peter's day. On condition that the members of the crafts send their own servants and their own pots for the wine. Which ordinance the mayor, sheriff and notable persons commanded me, John Joce their common clerk, to enrol in their book of records. Which is:
This appears to be one example of the effort by urban governments to bring craft gilds under careful regulation and control. The volume of wine assigned to each craft, or group of crafts, was presumably dictated (at least in part) by the numbers of gildsmen.
For another example of a festival celebration specific to a craft, see "Homicides investigated by the coroner".
"St. John and St. Peter"
|Created: August 18, 2001. Last update: November 27, 2002||© Stephen Alsford, 2001-2003|