Category: Merchants of the Staple

Categories: England, Companies | England, Merchants


The Company of Merchants of the Staple of England, the Merchants of the Staple, also known as the Merchant Staplers, is an English company incorporated by Royal Charter in 1319 (and so the oldest mercantile corporation in England) dealing in wool, skins, lead and tin which controlled the export of wool to the continent during the late medieval period. The company of the staple may perhaps trace its ancestry back as far as 1282 or even further.

The Staple was located in Calais from the time it was conquered by England in 1347 to its loss to France in 1558, at which time its base was moved to Bruge.

There are eighteen people in Wikipedia identified as Merchants of the Staple: Wikipedia: Category: Merchants of the Staple.

The company still exists as a charitable organization: https://merchantsofthestapleofengland.co.uk/

The records of the Company are held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York, and are indexed at JISC. Bear in mind they almost exclusively post-date the fall of Calais, when the records up to that time were lost.

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B

- bef 21 Sep 1533
abt 1500 England
1380 Stamford, Lincolnshire, England - 26 Jul 1442

C

1517 Chicheley, Buckinghamshire, England - 09 Sep 1558
Calais - abt Jan 1589
May 1544 Barnhurst, Staffordshire, England - Aug 1612 photo

D

abt 1463 Southampton, Hampshire, England - abt 1506

H

abt 1523 - bef 02 Nov 1565
abt 1490 London, Middlesex, England - Feb 1535
27 Oct 1527 St Christopher le Stocks, City of London, England - 14 Jan 1602

J

abt 1490 Tonbridge, Kent, England - Sep 1558 photo

L

- abt 12 Nov 1558
- bef 1516

O

abt 1520 Chester, Cheshire, England - 11 May 1596 photo

P

abt 1550 Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England - bef 06 Jul 1614
1525 England
- bef 01 Apr 1545
abt 1527 - bef 20 Mar 1608 photo

R

abt 1575 London, England - 1642
1573 London, England - 1653

R cont.

abt 1529 Darlaston, Staffordshire, England - 19 Feb 1599
1577 London, England - 1633

S

1472 Buckinghamshire, England - 1544 photo
abt 1470 - May 1517
- abt Jun 1545

W

abt 1563 Watford, Northamptonshire, England - Oct 1611
abt 1470 England - abt 1534
abt 1510 Ufcombe, Devon, England - bef 13 Mar 1563




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