Records of the Durham City Guilds or trade companies, 16th-20th centuries. The chief categories of records to survive are: charters and ordinaries [i.e. regulations], statutes and orders, minutes, freemen'sadmittances, call rolls, lists of freemen and absentees, apprenticeship admittances and registers, accounts, fines, miscellaneous correspondence and papers, including inventories and valuations, and, deposited with the masons' company records butnot strictly part of the Guild Records, an election agent's book for the 1818 Durham City parliamentary election. The survival rate of material is patchy, however, and some companies are represented by only a few items. The largest groups ofmaterial are for the barbers, masons and mercers' companies.
The material is grouped by guild in the following order (according to the pattern of guilds established by the late 16th century; guilds marked * are still in existence):
- 1. Barbers* (formerly barber surgeons, wax-makers, ropers andstringers), 17th-20th centuries.
- 2. Barkers and tanners [no records of this company have yet been deposited in the Library but see related items elsewhere].
- 3. Butchers* (formerly butchers and fleshers), 16th-19th centuries.
- 4. Cordwainers* [shoemakers], 16th-20th centuries.
- 5. Curriers* (formerly curriers and tallow chandlers), 16th-20th centuries.
- 6. Drapers* (formerly drapers and tailors), 18th-19th centuries.
- 7. Dyers and listers, 1768-1800 [one item only but see also related items same repository and elsewhere].
- 8. Fullers and felt-makers, cloth-workers and walkers [no records of this company have yet been traced but see bibliography - Anderson].
- 9. Joiners* (formerly carpenters and joiners, wheelwrights, sawyers and coopers), 18th- 20th centuries.
- 10. Masons* (formerly freemasons, rough masons, wallers, slaters, paviours, plasterers and bricklayers), 17th-20th centuries.
- 11. Mercers (formerly mercers, grocers, haberdashers, ironmongers and salters; sometimes known as the merchants' company), 17th-20th centuries plus photocopies of 16th-18th century originals.
- 12. Plumbers* (formerly goldsmiths, plumbers, pewterers, potters, glaziers and painters), 17th-20th centuries.
- 13. Saddlers and upholsterers, 1753 and 1800 [two items only].
- 14. Skinners and glovers [no records of this company have yet been deposited in the Library but see related items elsewhere].
- 15. Smiths (formerly whitesmiths, lorimers, locksmiths, cutlers and blacksmiths), 18th- 19th centuries.
- 16. Weavers and websters, 18th-19th centuries [one item only but see also related items elsewhere].