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Guild

An association of persons with a particular skill or trade. For example, the electricians in an area may form a guild for mutual support, to route business to each other, or for other reasons. A guild contrasts with a union primarily because it includes both employers and employees; it is based on trade, rather than class. Guilds were most common in medieval Europe, but still exist and have a great deal of sway in some industries, notably filmmaking. Bar associations of lawyers and realtor groups may also be considered guilds.
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With regard to Birmingham, they stated that the town had many poor people whom the Gild "found, aided and succoured.
When the need arose, the Gild also paid for the burial of the poor "very honestly" with a dirge and mass.
The points are then divided by the number of employees who have taken a certification exam on GILD.
The top 5 companies based on GILD certifications earned in the month of June are:
Rents for land or for the letting of livestock provided some income and St Peter's Gild in Lavenham had a stall in the market place.
Although requests to Corpus Christi Gild were made some fifty years earlier, indicating an earlier establishment, it is generally accepted that the present Guildhall was erected in about 1520.
In his fascinating book on the Men and Names of Old Birmingham (1864), Toulmin Smith revealed that the Gild "being musical, had an organist, William Bothe", who had "a handsome salary.
This facility was provided by the Gild of St John the Baptist in Deritend.
Gilds, which went into administration three weeks ago, had been owned by Scott Cordner, who founded it 13 years ago, and Xebiar Aziz.
He argues upon scant evidence that growing disinterest in the cloth gilds evidenced rejection of the gilds' religious practices.