At a General Meeting held at our hall in Hungate* – November 18th, 1776
According to an ancient custom used by the Ancient Brethren of the Company of Cordwainers of the City of York they made an Article of Agreement amongst themselves that no Journeyman, Cordwainer, Freemen, Foreigner, or Stranger within the City of York, or the Liberties and Freedom of the same City, that shall depart from his Master, using the Trade of a Cordwainer within the said City, and Liberty thereof, except he be give fourteen days warning of his departure unto his said Master and, during that time, do work diligently with his said Master at the wages last agreed on between them. And every Journeyman offending to forfeit and pay, for every such offence, ten shillings to be divided in form aforesaid.
But this ancient custom, of late years, has been entirely laid aside and neglected to the detriment of the said Society. Therefore, the Masters, by general consent, have agreed to revive the old Article and harmonize in this, or any other Order, which may hereafter be made for the Peace and Good Order of the whole Brotherhood in general use.
Excerpt taken from the Records of the York Cordwainers Company from circa 1395. Compiled by F.C. MARGETTS CBE (Hon. Archivist) 1983
*in the 21st-century development in the Hungate area of the city, a small area has been named ‘Cordwainers Court’, which recognises the ancient connection to the original hall.