0038 Coat Of ArmsIt was a measure of the Guild’s growing importance that in 1564 it was granted a coat of arms depicting the trappings of the woollen cloth trades, including a weaver’s shuttle, burling irons, a teasel frame and a pair of shears.

But not everything went the Guild’s way. In 1574, its home, Tuckers Hall, was suddenly given by Queen Elizabeth I to Anthony Kynwelmarsh of Grays Inn, London. In turn he gave the building to Edward Aulbey, a gentleman of Rockbeare, near Exeter. For the next five years the Guild fought legal battles to have the building returned to their possession. Finally, in 1579, an agreement was struck – the Guild reclaimed Tuckers Hall as its own, but only after paying Aulbey the sum of £20.

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