gilds


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gilds:

see guildsguilds
or gilds,
economic and social associations of persons engaging in the same business or craft, typical of Western Europe in the Middle Ages. Membership was by profession or craft, and the primary function was to establish local control over that profession or
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John Colleshull, John Goldsmyth, and William atte Slowe were allowed to assign to the proposed Gild 18 messuages (houses), three tofts (plots at the back of buildings), six acres of land, and 40 shillings of rents, in Birmingham and Edgbaston.
The Borough of Birmingham paid pounds 50 for the licence and the Gild of the Holy Cross then built its hall - with its clock and chimes - at the bottom end of New Street, where the Odeon now stands and where King Edward's School used to be.
The Borough of Birmingham paid pounds 50 for the licence, and the Gild of the Holy Cross then built its hall - with its clock and chimes - at the bottom end of New Street, where the Odeon now stands and where King Edward's School used to be.