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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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They themselves now sought a license from the Crown to found a Gild and perpetual fraternity "of brethren and sustern, as well as men and women of the said town" in honour of the Holy Cross.
This Gild was open to folk both within and without Birmingham, whilst its members could appoint a Master and Wardens to govern it, found a charitry and do other works of charity.
These provincial gilds were established not, as commonly supposed, to regulate various trades but rather with a social and religious purpose, as their dedications suggest.
It seems that it was granted but was not acted upon, so a decade later, the bailiffs and the commonalty of the town of Birmingham themselves sought a licence from the Crown to found a Gild and perpetual fraternity "of brethren and sustern" in honour of the Holy Cross.