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Company / Occupation: Blader

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1285-86 Wade, John
Sheriff Blader 1  
1288-89 de Canterbury, John
Sheriff Blader (possibly), Pepperer (possibly) 2  
1312-13 Lutkin, Adam
Sheriff (replaced Richard de Welleford 3 ) Blader (possibly), Cornmonger (possibly) 4  
1324-25 Gille, Alan
Sheriff (until 29 Oct. 5 ) Blader (possibly) 6  
1337-38 Neel, Walter
Sheriff Blader 7  


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

1Blader: Ekwall p. 183 # 25. 'Wadeblad' in Annales Londonienses p. 95 (cited by Ekwall).

2Blader or Pepperer: Beaven I.197 (Blader), 338 (Pepperer), 377 (Blader or Pepperer[?]); Nightingale p. 95 identifies him as a Pepperer.

3Elected Wednesday, 3 January 1313, to Westminster 20 January (LBD [LMA MS: COL/AD/01/004] fo. 3r).

4An Adam Lutkin is footnoted in EMCR p. 63 n. 1 as mentioned in the Letter Books as a Blader or Cornmonger, but there is no Adam Lutkin in the indexes to Calendar LBA, Calendar LBB, and Calendar LBC and the indexed Adam Lutkin in Calendar LBD and Calendar LBE is not identified by company/occupation.

5According to LBD (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/004) fo. 6v, John de Caustone was originally elected but did not take up the election, and on 29 September Alan Gille was elected and sworn in his place, and admitted at Westminster on Monday, 1 October. But on 29 October Caustone, who had been stripped of the freedom of the City and of his aldermanship, asked to be reinstated, and replaced Gille; Caustone was elected and sworn 29 October at the Guildhall, and admitted 30 October at Westminster. (Beaven, II.xxxii, mentions Gille and his election situation.)

6An Alan Gille is listed among other Bladers c. 1328 in LBE (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/005) fo. 90v; see also Ekwall p. 329 # 27, although he says nothing about his listed Alan Gille (Blader/Cornmonger) as having been sheriff.

7Stow/K II.165 has Bladesmith, but corrects this to Blader on II.385, and has Blader on I.245 and 249. See Stow/K's nn. at II.325 and 385.

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.

Calendar LB: Calendar of Letter-Books Preserved Among the Archives of the Corporation of the City of London at the Guildhall, ed. Reginald R. Sharpe. 11 vols. (A-I, K-L). London: Corporation of London, 1889-1912.

EMCR: Calendar of Early Mayors Court Rolls, ed. A.H. Thomas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1924.

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.

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.

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.)