Links

The Merchant Taylors in the City of York maintain links with a number of other guilds and organisations - please click on any image below for more information.

Guilds (or "Mysteries") were probably in existence before the Norman Conquest and were to be found, not only in London, but in other parts of the country and on the continent. The term "mystery" is still used and comes from the Latin "misterium", meaning "professional skill".

Most guilds are the direct descendants of the medieval trade guilds which exercised considerable influence from the 13th century, defining and controlling trade and a city's resultant wealth and power. Some maintain very close links with their trades and continue to be influential bodies, acting as custodians of fine Livery Halls and their historical contents and playing a substantial educational and charitable role.

York Minster

York Minster

Merchant Adventurers' Company, York

Merchant Adventurers' Company, York

Bedern Hall

Bedern Hall

Merchant Taylors' Company London

Merchant Taylors' Company London

The Worshipful Company of Woolmen

The Worshipful Company of Woolmen

The Worshipful Company of Weavers

The Worshipful Company of Weavers

The Drapers' Company

The Drapers' Company

The Clothworkers' Company        

The Clothworkers' Company        

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

The Lord Mayor of the City of York

The Lord Mayor of the City of York

The Fishmongers' Company          

The Fishmongers' Company          

The Company of Fellmongers        

The Company of Fellmongers        

The Gild of Freemen of the City of York

The Gild of Freemen of the City of York

The Worshipful Company of Vintners

The Worshipful Company of Vintners

York Guild of Building

York Guild of Building

The Company of Butchers of the City of York

The Company of Butchers of the City of York

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass

The Merchants' Company of Edinburgh

The Merchants' Company of Edinburgh