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of "Hallamshire"

General

The Cutlers' Company was established by a parliamentary Act of Incorporation in 1624

The cutlers of Sheffield had lobbied Parliament for an act to give them control over the organisation of the cutlery industry in Sheffield and surrounding areas. It operated in much the same way as a mediaeval craft guild - indenting apprentices, registering Freemen and controlling the quality of goods manufactured. The Company had the right to enforce its bye-laws and charge fines. But it is not a Livery Company like the Worshipful Company of Cutlers in London.

The Company of Cutlers consists of an annually elected group of thirty-three people – a Master Cutler, two Wardens, six Searchers and twenty-four Assistants. A Clerk and a Beadle are employed for administration and to perform ceremonial duties.

For almost four hundred years it has sought to maintain the standards and quality of Sheffield manufactured cutlery and steel products and to promote the name of Sheffield.

As manufacturing in the region has changed over the centuries, so the Company has reflected this by highlighting the innovation in the region as well as upholding Sheffield's heritage.

1897 Alexander Wilson was Master Cutler and was knighted shortly after Queen Victoria's visit to Sheffield; this was the first time that a Master Cutler had been so honoured during his term of office.

1912 James Rossiter Hoyle was Master Cutler.

1926 Mr David Flather was elected as Master Cutler in succession to Mr Thomas R. Ellin.[1]

1974 The Master, Ken Lewis, told the Company's annual feast 'I think that women can be Freemen of the company if they qualify by the same standards as are applied to men'.[2]

List of Master Cutlers[3]

  • 1625 John Rawson
  • 1626 William Warter
  • 1627 William Webster
  • 1628 Robert Sorsby
  • 1629 John Webster
  • 1630 William Creswick
  • 1631 Robert Stacie
  • 1632 James Creswicke
  • 1633 George Valliance
  • 1634 William Walker
  • 1635 Thomas Creswicke
  • 1636 Richard Wilkinson
  • 1637 John Crooke
  • 1638 James Creswick
  • 1639 Robert Carr
  • 1640 Robert Scargell
  • 1641 Thomas Milward
  • 1642 Richard Slack
  • 1643 Richard Base
  • 1644 William Pell
  • 1645 William Warter
  • 1646 Thomas Ludlam
  • 1647 Malin Sorsby
  • 1648 Robert Brelsforth
  • 1649 Richard Jackson
  • 1650 George Barnesley
  • 1651 William Birley
  • 1652 Thomas Bate
  • 1653 Edward Barlowe
  • 1654 William Crawshawe
  • 1655 Thomas Pearson
  • 1656 John Webster
  • 1657 Malin Sorsbie
  • 1658 John Rawson
  • 1659 William Creswicke
  • 1660 Stephen Carr
  • 1661 Robert Allin
  • 1662 James Staniforth
  • 1663 James Newton
  • 1664 John Pearson
  • 1665 Thomas Jeninges
  • 1666 Nathaniel Robinson
  • 1667 George Creswicke
  • 1668 John Webstarr
  • 1669 Robert Sorsby
  • 1670 Edward Barlow
  • 1671 Richard Parramour
  • 1672 Matthew Arnold
  • 1673 John Sutton
  • 1674 Castle Shemeld
  • 1675 William Crashaw
  • 1676 James Newton
  • 1677 John Pearson
  • 1678 Thomas Jennings senior
  • 1679 Joshua Baies
  • 1680 Jonathan Webster
  • 1681 Robert Nicholls
  • 1682 John Winter
  • 1683 Edward Badger
  • 1684 William Ellis
  • 1685 Thomas Tooker
  • 1686 Benjamin Kirkby
  • 1687 John Webster junior
  • 1688 Robert Breilsforth
  • 1689 James Webster
  • 1690 Joseph Downes
  • 1691 John Webster
  • 1692 Thomas Johnson
  • 1693 John King
  • 1694 John Trippett
  • 1695 Robert Spooner
  • 1696 Christophe Broomhead
  • 1697 Richard Downes
  • 1698 Andrew Wade
  • 1699 Benjamin Pearson

1700-1799

  • 1700 Robert Savage
  • 1701 Richard Marsh
  • 1702 Ephraim Nicholls
  • 1703 John Pearson
  • 1704 Edward Sanderson
  • 1705 Joseph Nutt
  • 1706 Ezra Cawton
  • 1707 George Cartwright
  • 1708 John Downes
  • 1709 James Hoole
  • 1710 John Morton
  • 1711 Samuel Smith
  • 1712 Samuel Twible junior
  • 1713 Thomas Tooker
  • 1714 Jonathon Birks
  • 1715 William Moor
  • 1716 Thomas Broadhead
  • 1717 John Guest
  • 1718 Tobias Ellis
  • 1719 Peter Symon
  • 1720 James Longden
  • 1721 James Crawshaw
  • 1722 John Smith
  • 1723 Jonathon Moor
  • 1724 Jeremy Beet
  • 1725 Thomas Radforth
  • 1726 John Tooker
  • 1727 Andrew Wade
  • 1728 Andrew Wade
  • 1729 Thomas Cotton junior
  • 1730 Samuel Wainwright
  • 1731 Thomas Wilson
  • 1732 John Ward
  • 1733 Cotton Watkin
  • 1734 John Osborne
  • 1735 Joseph Turner
  • 1736 Joshua Cawton
  • 1737 Joseph Sheppard
  • 1738 Joseph Kenyon
  • 1739 Jonathon Dixon junior
  • 1740 Jonathon Dixon senior
  • 1741 Richard Kent
  • 1742 Thomas Rose
  • 1743 George Marriott
  • 1744 John Spooner
  • 1745 Joseph Leathley
  • 1746 Robert Dent
  • 1747 Edward Windle
  • 1748 Leonard Webster
  • 1749 George Smith
  • 1750 William Hides
  • 1751 Thomas Newbould
  • 1752 Joseph Parkin
  • 1753 Thomas Law
  • 1754 Joseph Owen
  • 1755 William Webster
  • 1756 Benjamin Withers
  • 1757 John Wilson
  • 1758 Jonathon Moor
  • 1759 Joseph Ibberson
  • 1760 William Webster junior
  • 1761 William Parker
  • 1762 George Greaves
  • 1763 Joseph Hancock
  • 1764 Samuel Bates
  • 1765 Joseph Bower
  • 1766 William Birks
  • 1767 John Turner
  • 1768 Thomas Beely junior
  • 1769 Jeremiah Ward
  • 1770 Joshua Cawton
  • 1771 William Trickett
  • 1772 Robert Owen
  • 1773 George Brittain
  • 1774 Joseph Kenyon
  • 1775 John Winter
  • 1776 John Green
  • 1777 Samuel Norris
  • 1778 William Linley
  • 1779 Josephus Parkin
  • 1780 John B. Rowbotham
  • 1781 Peter Spurr
  • 1782 Joseph Hawksley
  • 1783 William Fowler
  • 1784 Benjamin Broomhead
  • 1785 Thomas Settle
  • 1786 Samuel Wilson
  • 1787 Jonathon Watkinson
  • 1788 Thomas Nowill
  • 1789 Thomas Tillotson
  • 1790 Joseph Ward
  • 1791 George Wood
  • 1792 John Henfrey
  • 1793 Thomas Warris
  • 1794 Benjamin Withers
  • 1795 William Birks
  • 1796 Joseph F. Smith
  • 1797 John Linley
  • 1798 Samuel Ward
  • 1799 Benjamin Vickers

1800-1899

  • 1800 Samuel Newbould
  • 1801 Joseph Bailey
  • 1802 Joseph Withers
  • 1803 James Makin
  • 1804 William Nicholson
  • 1805 John Eyre
  • 1807 Peter Brownell
  • 1808 Ebenezer Rhodes
  • 1809 Robert Brightmore
  • 1810 John Tillotson
  • 1811 John Eadon
  • 1812 James Smith
  • 1813 John Hoult
  • 1814 Joseph Parkin
  • 1815 James Makin, junior
  • 1816 Thomas A Ward
  • 1817 George Tillotson
  • 1818 John Fox
  • 1819 John Hounsfield
  • 1820 Joseph D Skelton
  • 1821 William Colley
  • 1822 Thomas Champion
  • 1823 Thomas Dewsnap
  • 1824 Peter Spurr
  • 1825 Henry Moorhouse
  • 1826 William Sansom
  • 1827 Samuel Hadfield
  • 1828 James Crawshaw
  • 1829 Philip Law
  • 1830 Enoch Barber
  • 1831 John Blake
  • 1832 Thomas Dunn
  • 1833 Thomas Ellin senior
  • 1834 John Sansom
  • 1835 John Spencer
  • 1836 Thomas Blake
  • 1837 John Greaves
  • 1838 Samuel Hadfield
  • 1839 Samuel Smith
  • 1840 James Moorhouse
  • 1842 William Broadhurst
  • 1843 Thomas Wilkinson
  • 1844 Francis Newton
  • 1845 William Butcher
  • 1846 Thomas B Turton
  • 1847 Henry Mort
  • 1848 Frederick Fenny
  • 1849 Henry Atkin
  • 1850 Samuel S Deakin
  • 1851 William Webster
  • 1852 Michael Hunter
  • 1853 William A Matthews
  • 1854 Thomas Moulson
  • 1855 Frederick T Mappin
  • 1856 George Wostenholm
  • 1857 William Hutchinson
  • 1858 Robert Jackson
  • 1859 Robert Jackson
  • 1860 Michael Hunter junior
  • 1861 George Wilkinson
  • 1862 Henry Harrison
  • 1863 Thomas Jessop
  • 1864 Charles Atkinson
  • 1870 William Bragge
  • 1871 Thomas Turner
  • 1874 George Wilson
  • 1877 David Ward
  • 1878 William H Brittain
  • 1879 Joseph B Jackson
  • 1880 William Chesterman
  • 1881 John E Bingham
  • 1882 Albert A Jowitt
  • 1883 George Barnsley
  • 1884 J E Bingham
  • 1885 Charles Belk
  • 1886 George F Lockwood
  • 1887 James T Dixon
  • 1888 Samuel E Howell
  • 1889 Samuel G Richardson
  • 1890 Robert Colver
  • 1891 Robert Belfitt
  • 1892 John F Atkinson
  • 1893 George Howson
  • 1895 Henry H Andrew
  • 1897 Maurice G Rodgers
  • 1898 Frederick C. Wild

1900-1999

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1926/08/13
  2. The Engineer 1974/03/21
  3. [1] Cutlers Company
  • Cutlers Company [2]