Their are quarterly, and in the and , a leopard's head in the and , a covered cup, and in chief round buckles, the tongues fessewise, points to the dexter, all of the . . A demi-lady, her arms extended, , issuing out of clouds of the last, vested garnished , cuffed ar. round her neck a ruff of the last, in her dexter hand a pair of scales of the ; in her sinister hand a touchstone . unicorns or. horned, crined, and hoofed, .
. St. Dunstan.
The is of very remote institution, as already noticed, it having been fined as adulterine so early as the year ; yet it was not incorporated till , when Edward the , in consideration of the sum of , granted the members his letters patent, under the title of
&c. with power to purchase estates to the value of annually, for the support of their indigent and superannuated brethren. This grant was confirmed by Richard the , in , on the further payment of . These grants were afterwards confirmed by Edward IV. in the year , who also constituted this society a body politic and
|corporate, to have a perpetual succession, and a common seal. By the said grant they had likewise the privilege of inspecting, trying, and regulating all gold and silver wares, not only in this city, but in other parts of this kingdom; and this privilege has been since so materially enlarged, that they have the power of inspecting all gold and silver wares, in the following particular places, viz. Birmingham, Sheffield, Chester, Newcastle, Norwich, and Exeter; with the power of punishing all offenders concerned in working adulterated gold and silver; and of making bye-laws for their better government.|
This was evidently an extension of a statute made in the of Edward the , which empowered the warden to
The privileges of the goldsmiths have since been confirmed under various acts of parliament, and many judicious enactments made to support their authority.
In Fabian's Chronicle, under the of Henry the , , is the following relation of a violent affray between the goldsmiths' and taylors' companies.
Out of the company of goldsmiths once a year a is taken, consisting of persons who go up to the court; and there in the presence of the lords of the council, some pieces of every sort of money coined the foregoing year, and that had been taken out of the mint, is exactly assayed and weighed.
Goldsmith's.hall, is an extensive and handsome pile, standing in , on the site of a more ancient hall, which had been
|founded for the use of the Company in , by sir Drew Bareninte, lord mayor in .|
Of this company was Nicholas Faringdon, mayor, ; from whom Farringdon ward took its name.
This wealthy community is governed by a prime, and other wardens, and a numerous court of assistants. Its revenues are very considerable; and its disbursements for charitable purposes, are stated to amount to more than annually: this sum is principally expended in the support of alms-houses and free-schools. Before the business of banking became a regular trade, about the middle of the century, and also for many years afterwards, the goldsmiths were the chief bankers, their general opulence occasioning them to be regarded as the most trustworthy of the various classes of tradesmen, that inhabited the city.
 Crest and supporters granted 1571; whole confirmed 1634.
 Another motto commonly used by the company was To God only be all glory.
 Fabian p. 364. Ellis's ed. 1811.
 Strype's Stow, ii. p. 184.
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|CHAPTER I: History of London, from the Accession of William and Mary, to the reign of George the Second|
|CHAPTER II: History of London during the reign of George the Second|
|CHAPTER III: History of London from the Accession of George the Third, to the year 1780|
|CHAPTER IV: History of London continued to the Union|
|CHAPTER V: History of London from the Union to the Jubilee, 1809|
|CHAPTER VI: History of London from the Jubilee to the Peace of 1814|
|CHAPTER VII: History of London continued to the accession of George the Fourth|
|CHAPTER VIII: Account of the Civil Government of the City by Portreves, Bailiffs, and Mayors, with a list of the latter...|
|CHAPTER IX: An account of the Aldermen and Sheriffs, with a list of the latter|
|CHAPTER X: Lists and brief Accounts of the various Officers and Courts within the City|
The Chamberlain of London
List of Chamberlains
The Common Serjeant
List of Common Serjeants
The Town Clerk, or Common Clerk
List of Town-Clerks
The Coroner of London
The City Remembrancer
The Water bailiff
The Lord Mayor's officers, and their days of waiting, according to the Pamphlet before referred to
The Sheriffs' Officers
The Court of Lord Mayor and Aldermen
The Court of Common Council
The Court of Husting
The Lord Mayor's Court
The Sheriffs' Courts
The Court of Orphans
The Coroner's Court
The Court of Escheator
The Court of Conservacy
The Court of Requests
The Court of Wardmote
The Chamberlain's Court
The Court of Hallmote
The Court of the Tower of London
|CHAPTER XI: Some account of the Ecclesiastical Government of the city of London, with a List and Biographical Notices of the Bishops of the see|
|CHAPTER XII: Some Account of the Military Government of London, and the Artillery Company|
|CHAPTER XIII: An Account of the twelve principal Companies of the City of London|
|CHAPTER XIV: An Account of the Companies of the City of London, alphabetically arranged|
Armourers and Braziers, 22
Coach and Coach Harness Makers, 79
Fan Makers, 84
Felt Makers, 64
Gold and Silver Wire-Drawers, 81
Hat-Band Makers, 75
Long Bow String-Makers, 82
Parish Clerks, 88
Tallow Chandlers, 21
Tylers and Bricklayers, 37
Tin-Plate Workers, 72
The Names of the Company of Pastelers from the Record in the Chapter-house
The Names of the Company of Sporyars from the Record in the Chapter House
|CHAPTER XV: An Account of the River Thames|
|CHAPTER XVI: Historical and topographical account of London Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Southwark Bridge, and the Thames Tunnel|
|CHAPTER XVII: Topographical and Historical Account of the Tower of London|