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}}108 livery companies have operated in London. Wikipedia maintains a list of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livery_Company The City Livery Companies], along with links to company websites.  
 
}}108 livery companies have operated in London. Wikipedia maintains a list of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livery_Company The City Livery Companies], along with links to company websites.  
  
[http://81.130.213.163:8002/cgi-bin/lcl.exe The Livery Companies Database] is a helpful resource that supplies contact details for each active company.  
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*[http://81.130.213.163:8002/cgi-bin/lcl.exe The Livery Companies Database] is a helpful resource that supplies contact details for each active company.
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*[http://www.londonroll.org/ The Records of London's Livery Companies Online (ROLLCO)]: A site providing records of Apprentices and Freemen in the City of London Livery Companies between 1400 and 1900. This a partnership between the Centre for Metropolitan History, The Clothworkers' Company, The Drapers' Company, The Goldsmiths' Company and The Mercers' Company to provide a fully searchable database of their members over time.  
  
 
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Livery Companies

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108 livery companies have operated in London. Wikipedia maintains a list of The City Livery Companies, along with links to company websites.

  • The Livery Companies Database is a helpful resource that supplies contact details for each active company.
  • The Records of London's Livery Companies Online (ROLLCO): A site providing records of Apprentices and Freemen in the City of London Livery Companies between 1400 and 1900. This a partnership between the Centre for Metropolitan History, The Clothworkers' Company, The Drapers' Company, The Goldsmiths' Company and The Mercers' Company to provide a fully searchable database of their members over time.

Histories

Histories have been written on many London livery companies. The British Library has compiled a detailed list.

Sources

A bibliography of surviving records from each company was published in 1985.[1] The list is available online.

Apprenticeship records are one of the most valuable genealocial sources created by London livery companies. They often name the following information about an apprentice's father: name, residence, and occupation. Cliff Webb has abstracted the records of many companies:

Records from the following companies are included in Webb's abstracts: apothecaries, armourers and brasiers, basketmakers, blacksmiths, bowyers, brewers, broderers, brown bakers, butchers, carmen, coachmakers and coach harness makers, combmakers, cooks, curriers, cutlers, distillers, dyers, fan makers, farriers, feltmakers, fishmongers, fletchers, founders, framework knitters, fruiterers, gardeners, glass-sellers, glaziers, glovers, gold and silver wyre drawers, grocers, gunmakers, horners, innholders, ironmongers, longbowstring makers, loriners, makers of playing cards, masons, musicians, needlemakers, painter-stainers, pattenmakers, paviors, pewterers, pinmakers, plaisterers, plumbers, poulters, saddlers, spectaclemakers, tallow chandlers, tinplate workers, tobacco pipe makers and tobacco blenders, turners, tylers and bricklayers, upholders, vintners, waxchandlers, and woolmen.[2]

The website Records of London's Livery Companies Online: Apprentices and Freemen 1400-1900 offers free indexes to The Clothworkers' Company apprentices (1545-1908), The Drapers' Company apprentices (c.1400-1900), and a sample of The Goldsmith's Company apprentices (1600-1700). There are plans to add The Mercers' Company apprenticeship registers by 2013.[3]

In 1696, oaths from livery company members were recorded. This source acts as a census of liverymen:

77 companies are represented: Grocers, Mercers, Drapers, Fishmongers, Goldsmiths, Skinners, Merchant Taylors, Haberdashers, Salters, Ironmongers, Vintners, Clothworkers, Dyers, Brewers, Leathersellers, Pewterers, Barbers, Cutlers, Bakers, Wax Chandlers, Tallow Chandlers,Armourers and Brasiers, Girdlers, Butchers, Saddlers, Carpenters, Cordwainers, Painter-Stainers, Curriers, Masons, Plumbers, Innholders, Founders, Poulters, Cooks, Coopers, Tylers and Bricklayers, Bowyers, Fletchers, Blacksmiths, Joiners and Ceilers, Weavers, Woolmen, Scriveners, Fruiterers, Plaisterers, Stationers, Broderers, Upholders, Musicians, Turners, Basketmakers, Glaziers, Horners, Farriers, Paviours, Lorimers, Apothecaries, Shipwrights, Spectaclemakers, Clockmakers, Glovers, Combmakers, Feltmakers, Frameworkknitters, Silk Throwers, Carmen, Pinmakers, Needlemakers, Gardeners, Soapmakers, Tinplateworkers, Wheelwrights, Distillers, Hatbandmakers, Pattenmakers, Glass-Sellers, Tobacco Pipemakers, Coachmakers, Watermen, Officers and Yeomen of Guard, Trinity House, Ordnance Office, Officers of Tower, Officers and builders of St Paul's, Heralds, Lutestring Company, Clergy: Archdeaconry of London, Clergy: Archdeaconry of Middlesex, London Dissenters.[4]

Abstracts of apprenticeship entry books for the Carpenter's Company (1654-1694) have been published online.

Web Sites

References

  1. 'Sources: London Livery Companies', A Survey of Documentary Sources for Property Holding in London before the Great Fire: London Record Society, 22 (1985), pp. 12-36. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=64577 Date accessed: 03 January 2012.
  2. About London Apprenticeship Abstracts 1442-1850, British Origins, accessed 31 December 2011.
  3. Belinda Griffin, 'Records of London's Livery Companies Online,' Family Tree Magazine, 21 June 2012, http://family-tree.co.uk/2012/06/records-of-londons-livery-companies-online/, accessed 22 June 2012.
  4. Cliff Webb, "Association Oath Rolls - Background to the Documents", British Origins, accessed 3 January 2012.