Ordinances of the Durham butchers
Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections, DCG 3/2
The first record here is a later transcript of the earliest surviving ordinary of a Durham guild. As with the late medieval and early modern ordinances of other Durham crafts, the three sets of ordinances – from 1403, 1579 and 1660 – demonstrate the financial demands of the bishop upon the citizens of Durham. The 1660 orders date from the re-establishment of the Church of England, following the Restoration of the monarchy, and the return of the English episcopate.