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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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Still the Gild of the Holy Cross itself was a wide-ranging body, a kind of a trust that was funded by wealthy folk and which became vital as much for the physical wellbeing of Birmingham's people as for their souls.
When the need arose, the Gild also paid for the burial of the poor "very honestly" with a dirge and mass.
But it was the progress of the Reformation which was to deliver to the gilds a fatal blow.
Membership of Lavenham's four gilds must also, be inference, have represented the greater part of the parish.
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.