Cappers, Pinners, Wierdrawers and Linnendrapers Company, Chester, Cheshire
Those records which are less than 30 years old may not be produced for public inspection without the prior permission of the Company Steward.
Immediate source of acquisition:
The records listed below were originally placed on temporary deposit in the City Record Office, on 12 April 1978 and 13 December 1978. Following a decision of the Company, the deposit was made permanent on 15 January 1984.
Accession No 445,680,680
Administrative / biographical background:
The Cappers, Pinners and Wierdrawers were originally separate from the Linnendrapers. However, during the 16th century, the three trades experienced difficulties in meeting their share of the expense of producing the Whitsun Plays and the Midsummer Show, and were therefore joined by the Linnendrapers. On 4 October 1552, the Company was granted a charter by the Mayor and Citizens (See Harleian MSS 1996, No.8).
In 1602, the Bricklayers were ordered to join the Company, but became a separate Company by order of the City Assembly in 1679, on account of 'their Chargeableness and Rudeness'.
The Company's first order book (Ref. G6/1) was written by George Bellin, Clerk of Holy Trinity Church, and includes two chapters from the Bible: Hebrews, Chapter I, and the Gospel of St.John, Chapter I.
For references to the Company in the 16th century, see R.H.Morris, Chester in the Plantagenet and Tudor Reigns , pp.309, 316, 435-436.
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