Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Tuesday 22 January 1660/61
The Mercers' chapel and great hall mention interests me as I was just in London learning some details about the livery companies. There are over a hundred liverycompanies dating back to before 1066, including some very recent onessuch as IT professionals, and a pending application by arts scholars.Essentially they are trade guilds that have to be active in the Cityof London, and many have charitable purposes as well as regulatingtheir particular trades, and they are much connected to the LordMayor's ritual functions. Anyway of the c.110 or so, there are TheGreat Twelve, of which the first two are the Mercers and Drapers.The Mercers do have a role in St. Paul's School - St. Paul's was the first school to be entrusted to a livery company,and was founded in 1509 by Dean Colet, Mercer and Dean of St. Paul'sCathedral. I don't know if theMercers' Hall survives ( many were destroyed in WWII) but several of them do and are among London's hidden gems.