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Women’s History Month 2020 – on this day tweets

Following Women’s History Month 2020, I thought it would be useful to collate my ‘on this day’ tweets into one place with added references. There were significant breaks, particularly in the first part of the month, when I was observing the digital picket in support of the UCU strike. However, by the end of the month, I found it helpful to focus on my project and its findings, and would like to thank everyone who liked and retweeted my posts. I hope my tweets demonstrated that women were part of the livery companies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in a much greater capacity than is often recognised.

1 March 1780 Phoebe Parsons, a milliner at No. 5 Stone Cutter Court in Crutched Friars was admitted free of the Clothworkers’ Company by patrimony.[1]

6 March 1705 Edward Lovett was admitted free of the Painter-Stainers’ Company through servitude to Martha Godfrey.[2]

7 March 1682 a widow named Mary Delamott was admitted free of the Painter-Stainers’ Company by redemption after successfully petitioning the Court of Aldermen. In her petition she explained that she ‘canot set up shop & follow a trade’ without the freedom of the City.[3]

8 March 1636 Brigette Cole was bound apprentice for 7 years to John Pitcher of the Drapers’ Company.[4]

14 March 1658 Mary Pearce was apprenticed through the Clothworkers’ Company to learn the art of coat-selling from Hewett and Elizabeth Ram ‘in Barbakin, London’.[5]

15 March 1685 Katherine Clark, apprentice to Phillip Fincher, signed her oath ‘to be obedient unto the Master and Wardens of the Worpll Company of Ironmongers duering my life’.[6]

16 March 1714 Mary Branch was bound to Mary Toft (not that one!) through the Drapers’ Company for £45. Mary Toft worked on the Royal Exchange as a milliner.[7]

17 March 1738 Anne Merry was apprenticed to William Yeat, a Lombard Street milliner of the Haberdashers’ Company for £100. Another of Yeat’s apprentices Elizabeth Northey became a freemen by the testimony of Dorothy Yeat, William’s wife in March 1744.[8]

18 March 1662/3 Bythia Royden from Buckinghamshire, the daughter of a gentleman, was bound apprentice to Elianor Royden and John Cole through the Drapers’ Company. [9]

21 March 1683 Katherine Alderne from Herefordshire was bound apprentice to John Jackson through the Haberdashers’ Company.[10]

22 March 1698 Mary Chamberlaine a ‘Sempstresse’ from Exchange Alley was admitted free of the Broderers’ Company by redemption. She bequeathed her estate to her sister Elizabeth, acknowledging ‘the service she hath done me’, suggesting they worked together.[11]

23 March 1676 Jane Marshall from the City of Worcester was bound apprentice to William Rawlinson through the Mercers’ Company.[12]

24 March 1681 Thomasina Finch was bound apprentice to Sarah Lee/Leigh through the Haberdashers’ Company. A probate inventory indicates that Sarah and Charles Leigh sold bone lace, silks, holland, muslin and stockings.[13]

25 March 1713 Elizabeth Wilkinson was bound apprentice to Anna Maria Pattinson for a premium of £25 through the Merchant Taylors’ Company.[14]

26 March 1677 Margaret Dow from Hampshire was apprenticed to John Baker through the Glovers’ Company. View The Glove Collection Trust’s collection of seventeenth-century gloves here:[15]

27 March 1716 Frances Smith, a ‘Widow and Saleswoman’ at Ratcliff Cross, Stepney insured her ‘goods & merchandize’ through the Sun Fire Office insurance company. A saleswoman traded in ready-made clothing such as silk gowns.[16]

Detail from Benjamin Ferrers, Three Ladies of the Leman Family and their Dogs on a Terrace, 1728 © Tate, London 2020

28 March 1655 Ellen Dawson from Lancaster was bound to William Eburne from Canning Street through the Merchant Taylors’ Company.[17]

29 March 1661 Mary Burlyman was apprenticed to Elizabeth Confeild, a silver spinner in Oldfeild through the Clothworkers’ Company. Silver spinners made ‘sleysy’ by winding flattened silver wire around silk thread. They could earn 12-15s. per week, according to R. Campbell.[18]

30 March 1675 Mary Smith, the daughter of a merchant was apprenticed to John Spencer of the Haberdashers’ Company.[19]

31 March 1641 Mary Evans was bound apprentice to George Field through the Merchant Taylors’ Company.[20]


[1] Records of London’s Livery Companies Online (ROLLCO):; John Rocque’s map of London, Westminster, and Southwark (1746) via Layers of London.

[2] Guildhall Library (GL) MS 5668 Painter-Stainers’ Company Freedom Register, 1658-1820.

[3] GL MS 5668 Painter-Stainers’ Company Freedom Register, 1658-1820.



[6] GL MS 16981/2 Ironmongers’ Company Apprentice Binding Book, fol. 27.


[8] GL MS 15860/8 Haberdashers’ Company Apprentice Binding Book, 1708-1755; MS 15857/2 Haberdashers’ Company Freedom Register, 1642-1772.


[10] GL MS 15860/7 Haberdashers’ Company Apprentice Binding Book, 1675-1708.

[11] GL MS 14663/1 Broderers’ Company Freedom Register, 1694-1728; The National Archives (TNA) PROB 11/463/330, Will of Mary Chamberlaine, Spinster of Exchange Alley, City of London, 3 March 1702.

[12] ROLLCO:

[13] GL MS 15860/7 Haberdashers’ Company Apprentice Binding Book, 1675-1708; London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) CLA/002/02/01/1776, Charles Leigh, Inventory, 6 April 1681.

[14] GL MS 34038/18 Merchant Taylors’ Company Apprentice Binding Book, fol. 300.

[15] GL MS 4591/1 Glovers’ Company Court Minutes, 1675-1679.

[16] LMA CLC/B/192/F/001/MS11936/005 Sun Fire Office Policy Register, fol. 227.

[17] GL MS 34038/14 Merchant Taylors’ Company Apprentice Binding Book, fol. 48.

[18] ROLLCO:; R. Campbell, The London Tradesman (London, 1747), p. 149.

[19] GL MS 15860/7 Haberdashers’ Company Apprentice Binding Book, 1675-1708.

[20] GL MS 34038/12 Merchant Taylors’ Company Apprentice Binding Book, fol. 115.


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