The Chester Companies in the Seventeenth Century

Bolton, Peter (2008) The Chester Companies in the Seventeenth Century.


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Relying on extensive new research of primary source material, this article examines the history of the manufacturing and trading guilds or companies of Chester during the seventeenth century. The article assessed the function, operation, organisation and membership of the companies as well as the commercial, community, social and welfare roles they played throughout the century. At the heart of the article is a detailed assessment of the impact of the civil war of the 1640s upon company membership and operations. It is shown that although Chester’s involvement in the war inevitably disrupted company life and affairs, the impact was neither fatal nor long-lasting and most companies quickly recovered and, indeed, flourished in the immediate post-war and post-plague years, well before the Restoration of 1660.

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Additional Information: This article was published in the Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, vol. 156 in 2008 and is available here by kind permission of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. Their website can be found at
Keywords: Chester, companies, guilds, guild-merchant, Frank Simpson, civil war, Charles I, siege, plague, occupations, seventeenth century, fairs, aldermen, apprentices, foreigners, cordwainers, spurriers, joiners, turners, carvers
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Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:14
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 20:06

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