Ordinances of the Durham cordwainers
Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections, DCG 4/1
The 1464 ordinances are among the earliest craft ordinances in Durham. The copy here is a later transcript. The rules reveal an intense anti-Scottish sentiment that is found in other Durham craft regulations from the fifteenth century. They show also that membership of the cordwainers’ guild was contingent upon the swearing of an oath, which was taken not before the masters and officials of the craft – as was common in other towns – but before the bishop’s officers in the bishop’s court. The oath is given in the cordwainers’ seventeenth-century order book.