Company of Cordwainers, York

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents recording the operational running of the City of York Company of Cordwainers and various annual events held by the Company. It also records the establishment of the Bedern Hall Company in the 1980s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Company of Cordwainers was initially founded in the Medieval period (or perhaps earlier) and is one of seven guilds still in existence in York today. Cordwainers were shoemakers, and the Company had influence over York's governance, trade standards and religious events. The Company disbanded in 1808, but was re-established in 1977.

Today, the Company of Cordwainers promotes the footwear and leather industry, and participates in religious and civic gatherings. Events include their annual Charter Day, which takes place in May.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Jenny McGarvey, Community Collections Assistant, November 2015.

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