White-Bakers

Meanwhile, the White-Bakers had received their first recorded Charter from Henry VII in 1486 although some historians do aver that this did but replace an earlier one granted by Edward II, probably in 1307 - before Charters were first given generally to the guilds by Edward III between 1327 - 1377. Subsequently further Charters were obtained from Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I whose Charter dated 1569 now hangs in the Ante-Room of the Hall. There are also Charters from James I and James II on the walls of the Court Room and the Guild of White-Bakers received its Grant of Incorporation as a Livery Company in 1509 from Henry VIII.

 
The Company still operates today in accordance with its last Charter received from King James II in 1686, under the governance, as laid down therein, of the Master, Upper Warden, Second and Third and Under Wardens with a Court of Assistants thirty in number and ‘one honest and discrete person to be learned Clerk’.
 
With the ending in 1815 of the system of control through the ‘Assize of Bread’ in favour of direct control by Parliament, the bakers’ Company was relieved of its long responsibility for controlling the trade. The weight of a ‘standard’ loaf became fixed from then onwards by Statute.
 
 
 
 
 
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