b_720_960_16777215_00_images_portrait__0000_Woolen_Cloth.jpgFrom 1459-2011 the Hall has been constantly renovated, repurposed and even confiscated by a monarch!

 

  • 1459 – Dispute with the Cordwainers over Precedence in Civic Processions,
  • 1471 – Gift of land by William & Celia Bowden to build Guild Chapel,
  • 1483 – Mayor, Bailiffs & City Chamber Grant of Ordinances to the Guild,
  • 1547 – Chapel gradually changed to meeting hall by the installation of an upper storey and chimney (1576), 
  • 1550 – Reformation emergence of purely secular craft guild meeting hall,
  • 1564 – Guild receives Grant of Arms,
  • 1574 – Queen Elizabeth confiscated the hall and gave it to Edward Auleby,
  • 1578 – Guild repurchased freehold of Hall from Edward Auleby,
  • 1602 – New Charter granted by City of Exeter,
  • 1614 – Reference to payment for upkeep of Bideford Bridge,
  • 1620 – Grant of Royal Charter by King James I,
  • 1634 – Oak panelling installed in upper hall,
  • 1670 – 1720 Golden age of Exeter’s & The Incorporation’s cloth trade,
  • 1675 – First record of Hall being used as a school,
  • 1688 – William of Orange arrived in Exeter,
  • 1700 – About one quarter of all English cloth traded in Exeter,
  • 1841 – School closes,
  • 1858 – Members not in the clothtrade admitted,
  • 1859 – Fire in adjoining premises (141 Fore Street),
  • 1875 -  Building saved -front wall rebuilt in Victorian Gothic style,
  • 1901 – Major renovation work undertaken including staircase and hall panelling,
  • 1931 – Electricity installed,
  • 2004 – Livery membership reinstituted,
  • 2011 – Property to the rear purchased and premises expanded for visitors centre.

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