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A look through the Barbers' Company archive and library to highlight important and interesting events during the Company's history.

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On this day – 24 November

On 24 November 1740 William Duell, who had been hanged at Tyburn for sexually assaulting Sarah Griffin, revived on the anatomy table in the Anatomy Theatre at Barber-Surgeons’ Hall. The Old Bailey’s account of Duell’s trial can be read here. This was not the first time someone had revived on the anatomy table.  An entry […]

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November 22, 2022

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On this day – 11 November

On this day in 1997, the long case clock in the Reception Room at Barber-Surgeons’ Hall chimed multiple times during a Committee meeting. BEHAPM William Shand described the event during his oral history interview. The extract can be listened to here and a transcript is provided below. Transcript: Now, another memory I have deals with […]

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November 16, 2022

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On this day – 20 October

On this day in 1631 the Court decided that a separate anatomy room should be built. The entry in the Court minute book reads: Also this Court taking notice of the lack of a private dissection room for anatomical employment and that hitherto the bodies have been a great annoyance to the tables, dresser boards and utensils in […]

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October 20, 2022

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On this day – 5 October

On this day in 1965 the Court of The Barbers’ Company met at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall.  The Clerk reported with deep regret the death of Past Master J. P. Denny on the 19th September 1965 aged 96. He had been a member of the Livery for 75 years. The Court stood in silence as a […]

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October 25, 2022

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On this day – 23 September

On this day in 1606 Percivall Jackson was committed to the Compter for several “contempts to this house”. Percivall Jackson was admitted to the Company on 22 January 1604 having been the apprentice of Randulph Pyatt.  He was licensed to open his shop on 12 February 1604. Jackson appears a few times in the volume […]

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September 26, 2022

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On this day – 17 August

As well as recording all the decisions taken by the Court to administer the Company, the Court minutes reveal glimpses in to daily life, for example, on this day in 1727 the weather was so hot that Court members were allowed to sit without wearing their gowns. […]

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October 31, 2022

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On this day – 1 July

On this day in 1596, Sir Peter Proby was made a Liveryman of the Company. Proby was admitted to the Freedom in 1579, became an Assistant in 1609 and was Master in 1615. He held a number of City offices – Sheriff of London in 1614, Alderman of the Ward of Queenhithe, and Lord Mayor […]

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September 26, 2022

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On this day – 8 June

  On this day in 1558 the Company procured an Inspeximus Charter from Philip and Mary. It confirms the rights and privileges granted to the Company by previous monarchs going back to our first Charter of 1462 granted by Edward IV. A booklet summarising of rights and privileges of the first Charter, together with a […]

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September 26, 2022

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On this day – 2 June

On this day in 1749 the Court ordered that the Company’s Arms be “cast in lead and affixed upon the several houses” it owned. The Company had Barber-Surgeons’ Hall and several houses on Monkwell Street together with  property in other parts of London.  Account books in the Company’s archive record the rents collected by the […]

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September 26, 2022

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On this day – 22 May

On this day in 1604, the Clerk and the Middle Warden were each ordered to bestowe 4d worth of herbs and flowers every Court day. From the middle ages herbs and sweet smelling flowers were strewn on floors of houses and other buildings along with reeds, rushes, or straw, to mask the unpleasant smells emanating […]

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September 26, 2022

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