This table records medieval evidence about when and how craft organizations in medieval London were engaged in civic matters such as sending representatives to the common council, contributing to city projects, consulting with city officials, and similar activities. Such civic engagement also provides a useful index of the status and influence of a craft at particular moments in time. The table is based in the first instance on data printed in Caroline Barron, London in the Later Middle Ages (Oxford, 2004), pp. 218-23, but alphabetized by craft and augmented by additional material from George Unwin, The Gilds and Companies of London (London, 1938).
In the first column, crafts printed in bold represent “crafts exercised in London of old” as listed in 1422 in the Brewers Book (Unwin, Gilds, 370-1). The number in round brackets represents the rank order precedence established for the major gilds by London’s court of aldermen in 1515. Cite this table as: “Table 2: Civic Engagement of Medieval London Crafts,” Medieval Londoners, at [url].