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Records of the Guild of the Holy Cross


Records of the Guild of the Holy Cross

Please note:
Most records are open, but a few are closed for conservation reasons. Access to surrogates is provided where available. Please see individual catalogue entries.

Admin History

The Guild of the Holy Cross was already in existence in 1269 when Bishop William Giffard granted a licence to the brethren to build a chapel and found a hospital. In 1403 it was united with two other religous fraternities dedicated to the Blessed Mary and St. John the Baptist.

The Guild was administered by a Master, Aldermen and Proctors and membership was not confined to Stratford but covered a wide area of the Midlands. Apart from its religious and fraternal activities, the Guild owned extensive property in the town and maintained almshouses and a school in the Guildhall.

The Guild was dissolved in 1547 and its property taken into the hands of the Crown. When Edward VI granted a charter of Incorporation to the town in 1553, most of the functions and property of the Guild were taken over by the new Corporation.