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  • Robert Vesey (c.1490 - c.1561)
    Lord of the Manor of Wix Abbey, Essex. Will dated 11 Oct 1559. notes From "The Alabaster Chronicle" The Journal of the Alabaster Society. NUMBER TWENTY-EIGHT,  AUTUMN 2007  Sue Andrews has done s...
  • Henry Brooks, of Woburn (c.1592 - 1683)
    Henry Brooks 1592–1683 BIRTH ABT. 1592 • Manchester, Lancashire, England DEATH 12 APR 1683 • Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, US Henry/1w Brooks was probably born in or near Mancheste...
  • Edmund Littlefield (1592 - 1661)
    Edmund Littlefield, the father of Wells, Maine, established a permanent home, sawmill and gristmill as early as 1640-41 at the falls of the Webhannet River.   Christened on June 27, 1593 in Titchfiel...
  • Richard Bridger, Mayor of Guildford 1613 (c.1550 - 1620)
    Clothier and mayor of Guildford in 1613. Will of Richard Bridger of Guildford, clothier, 5 Sep 1608 (to poor £1, being 6s 8d to each parish; to poor of Godalming £2) to my godchildren 1s each; to (...
  • Henry Burt, of Harberton (c.1567 - 1617)
    Henry Burt Birth: 1567 in Harberton, Devonshire, England 1 2 3 4 Parents: John Burt Married: Isett Death: BET 10 JUL AND 10 SEP 1617 in Harberton, Devonshire, England 2 3 4 5 (see comments) ...

Clothiers made and sold woollen cloth. The occupation of clothier was compatible with the status of yeoman.

A "clothier" could be:

  • One man and his family, who together performed most of the steps of cloth making
  • A person who employed up to 30 weavers
  • Something in between

The majority of clothiers were not large manufacturers. Many small independent clothiers combined cloth-making and farming as dual occupation and were styled "yeoman clothiers". A family would jointly raise sheep, shear them, wash the wool, card and spin it.

Carding and spinning were usually done by the small clothier's wife and children. Large clothiers had spinning done outside the shop.

The small clothier, assisted by his son or apprentice, warped the loom and did the weaving. After the cloth was woven it was taken to the fulling mill. When the cloth was dry, the clothier put his cloth on his horse or donkey, or carried the cloth on his own back and brought the cloth to the market or cloth hall, where he sold it.

The West Country clothier, unlike the Yorkshire clothier, was primarily concerned with buying and selling; he bought the raw material and sold the finished product; the actual details of the manufacture were left to spinners, weavers, and cloth-finishers.

There was an increase in the numbers of large clothiers in the 17th. and 18th. c., yet they were wealthy simply by scale, having more employees and doing more trade. The basic organisation remained the same.