The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 2

Allen, Thomas


Barbers. 17

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The art of surgery was anciently practised in this city only by the barbers, who were incorporated by letters patent, granted by King Edward IV. in the year ; and, in , an act was passed to prevent any persons besides the barbers from practising surgery within the city of London, and miles round, except such as were duly examined and admitted by the bishop of London, or the dean of , and such persons expert in surgery, as they shall think proper to call to their assistance. At length several persons, who were not barbers, being examined and admitted as practitioners in the art of surgery, the parliament united them in the year of the reign of king Henry VIII. by the appellation of

The master or governors of the mystery or commonalty of barbers and surgeons of the city of London;

and by this act, all persons practising the art of shaving, were strictly enjoined not to intermeddle with that of surgery, except what belonged to drawing of teeth. Thus this company obtained the name of barber-surgeons, which they continued to enjoy till the eighteenth year of the reign of George the , when the surgeons applying to parliament to have this union dissolved, were formed into a separate company; though the barbers were left in possession of the hall and theatre, and were constituted a body politic, under the name of

The master, governors, and commonalty of the mystery of barbers of London.

Barbers hall is situated in , Cripplegate.

This is a livery company, under the government of a master, wardens, and assistants.

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 Title Page
 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
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
 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