Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section

Livery Company Membership Guide


Brewers' Company


FREEDOM REGISTERS:

Ms 5448                                               1685-1824                   (Unindexed)

Ms 5471                                               1857-1912                   (Freedom declarations; unindexed)

ALPHABETICAL LISTS OF FREEMEN:

Ms 5446/1 1659-1739 (Gives number of relevant page in COURT MINUTES)
     
Ms 5449A 1724-54 (Gives dates of freedom; includes persons made free before 1724 and still members at that date)
     
Ms 5449 ca.1755-1886 (Gives dates of freedom; includespersons made free before ca.1755 and still members at that date)

APPRENTICE BINDINGS BOOKS:

Ms 5450 1685-1806 (For published indexes see below)
     
Ms 5450A/1 1694-1793 (Orphans' Tax books; both vols
                 /2 1793-1906 unindexed)

ALPHABETICAL LISTS OF APPRENTICES:

See Cliff Webb's London Livery Company Apprenticeship Registers, Vol.36 Brewers' Company 1531-1685 (2001). Compiled from Guildhall Library Mss 5422/1-5 and 5445/1-22. Indexed by names of apprentice and master, subjects and places. Available in Guildhall Library Printed Books and Manuscripts Section reading room.

See also Cliff Webb's London Livery Company Apprenticeship Registers, Vol 1, Brewers' Company 1685-1800 (1996), and Helen Osborn's The Worshipful Company of Brewers, London, Apprenticeship Bindings 1685-1806 (1996). Both are available in Guildhall Library Printed Books Section; Webb is also available in Manuscripts Section reading room.

QUARTERAGE BOOKS:

Ms 5452/1-3 1724-1788 (Unindexed; incomplete date coverage)
     
Ms 5472 1843-1899 (Unindexed)

COURT MINUTES:

Ms 5445/1-41 1531-1918 (Vols 24, 26-32 & 36-41 indexed; vols19-27 & 39 indexed in Ms 5446/1-2)

see also WARDENS' ACCOUNTS:

Wardens' accounts 1501/2-1691 (Ms 5442/1-8) include annual lists of apprentice presentments, "entry of brethren" (presumably new freemen) and quarterage.


Last updated August 2007

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