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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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They themselves now sought a license from the Crown to found a Gild and perpetual fraternity "of brethren and sustern, as well as men and women of the said town" in honour of the Holy Cross.
This Gild was open to folk both within and without Birmingham, whilst its members could appoint a Master and Wardens to govern it, found a charitry and do other works of charity.
Gilds, which went into administration three weeks ago, had been owned by Scott Cordner, who founded it 13 years ago, and Xebiar Aziz.
John Colleshull, John Goldsmyth, and William atte Slowe were allowed to assign to the proposed Gild eighteen messuages, three tofts (houses), six acres of land and 40 shillings of rents, in Birmingham and Edgbaston.