BREW - Re: hist-brewing: Re: Old Ale (fwd)

Pug Bainter pug at
Wed Jan 14 13:50:27 PST 1998

A good source is:

Calender of the Letter Books of the City of London: Letter Books A-L 
by Reginald Sharpe

which contains the following passage on qualification for membership:

"no brewer take any servant that has not served his time as an
apprentice to the craft, and been made a freeman of the City; nor
keep in his house at one time more than two or three apprentices at
the most; that all such apprentices be first presented to the Wardens
in the Common Hall of the Craft and by them be publicly examined as
to their birth, cleaness of their bodies, and other certain points.
 That apprentices be presented to the Wardens by their master before
admission to the freedom of the City, so that it may be ascertained
whether they have duly served their term; and that no apprentice who
has served his term shall become a Chief Brewer or Under brwer, and
therefore take wages, until certified as able by the said Wardens
under penalty prescribed."

Makes you wonder how many failed on the "cleanness of bodies" part

Paul Robertshaw
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