Cordwainers, Ordinances of

1272. Ordinances drawn up in the last year of King Henry Ill's reign, which specified and limited *cordwainers' activities. Fees for an apprentice were set at 40s at least, with 2s going to the commonality. Cordwainers were not to interfere with tanners and vice versa. At fairs, tanners had to set up with tanners and cordwainers with cordwainers under penalty of a 40s fine; nor were they allowed to work at night. Strangers were not permitted to sell footwear in London save in wholesale quantities. Selling in the streets was allowed only between two named streets and this before dinner; but on the eve of a feast day only after dinner.

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