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Studer, Paul, ed., "The Anglo-French Ordinances of the Ancient Guild Merchant of Southampton," in The Oak Book of Southampton (Southampton Record Society, 10)

Text name(s): The Anglo-French Ordinances of the Ancient Guild Merchant of Southampton; The Oak Book of Southampton

Number of pages of primary source text: 81


Dates: 1290 - 1310

Archival Reference: Southampton RO, S.C.2/1/1.

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman


  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England

County/Region: Hampshire; Southampton

Record Types: 

  • Court Roll
  • Custumal
  • Law - Legislation

Subject Headings: 

  • Economy - Crafts and Industry
  • Economy - Trade
  • Family / Children
  • Government
  • Law - Crime
  • Law - Secular
  • Towns / Cities


  • Appendix


The ordinances cover aspects of the gild merchant (i.e., the elite merchants of the town whose membership entitled them to trading privileges, the right to elect and serve as civic officials, and privileges in the local courts). The ordinances also include a list of boroughs free of toll in Southampton. Appendix A contains English translations of the ordinances made in 1473 and 1770. Text also published by Charles Gross, The Gild Merchant, vol. II (Oxford, 1890), 213-31, who drew on the transcription in Edward Smirke in The Archaeological Journal 16 (1859), 283-96, 351-2. A translation is in Davies, History of Southampton, 139-51.

Introduction Summary: 

Cataloger: MAK