Other Textile Livery Companies

Pictures of areas of the cloth industryIn medieval times, many Companies regulated branches of the cloth industry, including the Woolmen, Weavers, Fullers, Shearmen, Dyers, Haberdashers, Drapers and Merchant Taylors.  This reflected the importance of wool and the cloth trade to the economy.  These Guilds wielded great power and it was inevitable that rivalry should develop as they struggled to preserve their individual rights.

 

Woolmen 

Buying and selling raw wool
 

Weavers 

Producers of woven fabrics
 

Dyers 

Dyers of cloth
 

Clothworkers 

Finishers of woven wool cloth
 

Framework Knitters 

Makers of knitted cloth
 

Feltmakers

Makers of felt, hats and headwear


Broderers

Embroiderers of cloth and clothing
 

Merchant Taylors

Tailors and linen armourers


Drapers

Merchants in woollen cloth


Mercers

Exporters of woollen cloth and importers of luxury fabrics


Haberdashers

Sellers of small wares such as caps, pins, gloves etc