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Register interest in attending the Coull Quartet charity concert – Tues 15th September, 2015

Please complete the form below to register interest in attending the Coull Quartet charity concert on Tuesday 15th September, 2015 in support of the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent:
venue – The Pompeiian Hall on the Packington Estate.

The Coventry Woolstead Weavers account book

Some interpretive notes by Joanna Innes, Somerville College, Oxford  (June 2009, links checked June 2013)

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As the opening pages of the book explain, the City of Coventry claimed power under its charter to set up what they call companies or fellowships, what we standardly call ‘guilds’. There had been one for silkweavers and worsted weavers, but in 1703 they decided (it’s said) that the mix was having the effect of allowing unskilled people to practice one or another form of weaving as they pleased, which was debasing the quality and reputation of the local product – a very standard concern for the period, and one of the characteristic objects of early industrial regulation. So they decided to split the two companies, to ensure that practitioners are appropriately trained. (London barbers and surgeons split in the mid-eighteenth century for an analogous reason.) The account book gives the company’s accounts year by year (some years are missing), from 1704 through its early years as a trade society, through its transmogrification into a probably partly political dining club, and then into a purely social club; the book was completed in 1983 … more

See more by Joanna Innes on the Coventry Worsted Weavers Account Book

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The history of merchant guilds in Coventry goes back at least to 1267. The original roles of the guilds included providing training for their professions and ensuring the quality of what was produced.

The National Archives record a Company of Worsted Weavers, Coventry, from circa 1448; and a Company and Fellowship of Worsted Weavers and Silk Weavers, City of Coventry, from 1628.

In 1703 the worsted weavers of Coventry, whose trade had then lately improved, were separated from the silk weavers to form their own company as a member of the guilds of the city.

In modern times the Worsted Weavers and other guilds of the city continue in a charitable role.

The Worsted Weavers guild plans a charitable musical evening in the Spring of 2014, in support of children with cancer.

For further information, including on ways to support the evening, email the organisers.