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.
As well as Anson Street in Liverpool, Gilds
has offices in Manchester and Leeds.
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.