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In many cases they were under the same roof. Each vill possessed its church, which was generally, though by no means always, close to the houses of the village. There was usually a manor house, which varied in size from an actual castle to a building of a character scarcely distinguishable from the primitive houses of the villagers. This might be occupied regularly or occasionally by the lord of the manor, but might otherwise be inhabited by the steward or by a tenant, or perhaps only serve as the gathering place of the manor courts.
Similarly at Leicester, in 1260, it was ordained that no gildsman should form a partnership with a stranger, allowing him to join in the profits of the sale of wool or other merchandise. HALL OF MERCHANTS' COMPANY OF YORK. (Lambert: Two Thousand Years of Gild Life. Published by A. ) INTERIOR OF HALL OF MERCHANTS' COMPANY OF YORK. (Lambert: Two Thousand Years of Gild Life. Published by A. ) As against outsiders the gild merchant was a protective body, as regards its own members it was looked upon and constantly spoken of as a fraternity.
Many of the articles on subjects of economic history are the best and most recent studies on their respective subjects, and the bibliographies contained in them are especially valuable. Four single-volume text-books have been published on this general subject:— Cunningham, William, and McArthur, E. : Outlines of English Industrial History. Gibbins, H. : Industry in England. Warner, George Townsend: Landmarks in English Industrial History. Price, L. : A Short History of English Commerce and Industry.