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Company / Occupation: Corder

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1279-80 Box, Thomas
Sheriff 1 Corder  
1284-85 de Rokesle, Robert
Sheriff Corder (possibly) 2  
1291-92 Box, Hamo
Sheriff Corder, Roper 3  
1300-01 de Hauering, Lucas
Sheriff Corder 4  
1319-20 de Prestone, John
Sheriff Corder 5  
1332-33 de Prestone, John
Mayor Corder 5  
1340-41 Deumars, Bartholomew
Sheriff Corder  
1341-42 de Rokele, John
Sheriff Corder (possibly), Pepperer (possibly) 6  


(Any abbreviated sources are listed in full below the notes.)

1According to LBA (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/001), fo. 101v, he was briefly deposed for a trespass (at Easter according to Annales Londonienses p. 89) but restored as sheriff the Saturday before St. John Baptist: i.e., on 22 June 1280 (but on the eve of St. John Baptist, i.e., 23 June, Annales Londonienses p. 89).

2Corder?: see Ekwall p. 164 # 33.

3Corder: Williams pp. 157-58; Roper: Nightingale p. 88; perhaps Corder: Ekwall p. 164 # 35.

4Corder: Ekwall p. 164 # 38.

5Stow/K II.164 calls the 1332-33 mayor John de Prestone a Draper (as also does Fabyan p. 442 n. 2), and LBF (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/006) fo. 232v, a Girdler. Beaven I.357 provides a lengthy footnote pointing out that there were two John de Prestones contemporary with one another, one a Corder and one a Girdler, and argues convincingly for the 1332-33 mayor [and the 1319-20 sheriff] as the Corder. See also Nightingale pp. 186 and 205 (Roper).

6Corder (?Pepperer): Beaven I.386; for Pepperer see also French Chronicle p. 289. Nightingale (spelling his name Rokesley) states p. 89 that he remained a Roper, although several other Ropers joined with the Pepperers in the 1340s.

Note Sources

Annales Londonienses: Annales Londonienses, in Chronicles of the Reigns of Edward I. and Edward II., ed. William Stubbs. Rolls Series #76, vol. 1. London: HMSO, 1882. Pp. 1-251.

French Chronicle: The French Chronicle of London, in Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London A.D. 1188 to A.D. 1274, ed. and trans. Henry Thomas Riley. London: Trubner, 1863. Pp. 229-95.

Beaven: Alfred B. Beaven, The Aldermen of the City of London, 2 vols. London: Corporation of London, 1908-13.

Ekwall: Two Early London Subsidy Rolls, ed. Eilert Ekwall. Lund: C.W.K. Gleerup, 1951.

Fabyan: Robert Fabyan, The New Chronicles of England and France, ed. Henry Ellis. London: F.C. and J. Rivington et al., 1811.

LB: Letter Book. Manuscript series (from A onward) at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).

LMA MS: Manuscript at the London Metropolitan Archives, London.

Nightingale: Pamela Nightingale, A Medieval Mercantile Community: The Grocers Company and the Politics and Trade of London 1000-1485. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995.

Stow/K: John Stow, A Survey of London, ed. Charles Lethbridge Kingsford. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.

Williams: Gwyn A. Williams, Medieval London: From Commune to Capital. London: University of London, Athlone Press, 1963.

Notes About Company Names

Grocers were originally called Pepperers; the company appears to have emerged as Grocers in 1372; and the Merchant Taylors were until 6 January 1503 the Tailors and Linen Armourers. For both companies the original name is used until the year of the change, and then the new name, regardless of whether the sources consulted use the old or the new designation. The Fishmongers and the Stockfishmongers were originally different companies which, after one union which did not succeed, were finally united on a permanent basis in 1536. The two different names are here reproduced until 1536, from which year only the Fishmonger designation is used, regardless of the readings of the sources. (See Companies / Occupations, on the site menu, for reference sources.)