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The Guardians Of The Standard Of Wrought Plate (1773)


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There were originally thirty, but subsequently, quite a lot, but the list that you are looking at probably starts with:-

The Most Honourable Charles, Marquis of Rockingham [1773 - 1791]

The Earl Strafford [1773 - 1791]

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Well, I can't remember anything about this other than finding a list. If you've got more to bring then great. Bring it on.

Thank you.

There were originally thirty, but subsequently, quite a lot, but the list that you are looking at probably starts with:- The Most Honourable Charles, Marquis of Rockingham [1773 - 1791] The Earl Strafford [1773 - 1791] :P
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In 1773, the towns of Sheffield and Birmingham had sought and secured powers for the assaying and marking of wrought silver plate, as prior to that such items had been sent to London, a distance of 150 miles. By that act, certain persons were incorporated into a company called and known by the name of “The Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate”. These gentlemen were appointed guardians for life, or so long as they resided within 20 miles of Sheffield. They were authorised to meet on the 5th July 1773 to elect from amongst themselves, four persons to be Wardens of the Company and to hold that position for one year, unless re-elected the following year, [the first Monday in July of every year]. The Guardians also elected one, or more able and skilful person, or persons experienced in the assaying of silver, to be the Assayer, or Assayers.

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Parker, John 1774—1794

The Most Noble Edward, Duke of Norfolk 1775—1778

Greaves, Samuel 1775—1813

Holy, Thomas '1775—1831

The Right Honourable Charles, Earl of Surrey 1778—1786

Wilson, Joseph, junior 1778—1796

Law, Thomas 1779—1795

Eyre, Vincent 1781—1801

Mappin, Jonathan 1781—1801

The Right Honourable William, Earl Fitzwilliam 1783—1833

Athorpe, Robert Athorpe 1786—1800

Reed, John 1786—1803

Marshall, Samuel 1789—1801

Greaves, John 1791—1828

The Right Honourable Richard, Earl of Effingham 1792—1816

The Eight Honourable Earl of Strafford 1792—1800

Proctor, Charles 1792—1809

Hufton, Anthony 1792—1817

Sitwell, Sir Sitwell (of Benishaw) 1794—1812

Law, John 1795—1820

Roberts, John 1795—1807

Hancock, Samuel 1795—1808

Younge, John 1796—1811

Brookes, Ebenezer 1796—1831

Parker, Hugh (of Woodthorpe) 1800—1842

Eyre, Vincent 1801—?

Milner, Gamaliel (of Attercliffe) 1801—1825

Smilter, Lionel 1801—1814

Walker, Thomas (of Rotherham) 1802—1825

Bead, Joseph 1803—1838

Watson, Thomas 1803—1833

Wortley, James Stuart 1805—1856

Sutton, Rev. Thomas 1806—1851

Corbett, Ven. Archdeacon Stuart (of Wortley) 1807—1846

Harrison, Thomas 1807—1818

Gainsford, Robert 1807—1853

Morton, Joseph 1808—1881

Roberts, John 1809—1811

Leader, Col. Thomas 1811—1833

Mosley, Samuel 1811—1814

His Grace William, Duke of Devonshire 1812—1833

Shore, John 1812—1829

His Grace George, Duke of Leeds 1812—1833

Hodgson, Eowland 1813—1838

Housman, John (of the Farm, Sheffield) 1814—1820

Settle, John 1814—1882

Ellis, Samuel 1814—1825 His Grace the Duke of Norfolk 1816—1843

Viscount Milton 1817—1838

Walker, Samuel 1817—1822

Wilson, Thomas (of Clifford, near Sheffield) 1818—1820

Ellison, Michael 1820—1861

Alderson, Bev. William (of Aston) 1820—1853

Watson, John (Plateworker) 1820—1835

Skelton, Joseph Dixon (of Middlewood) 1821—1835

Walker, Henry (of Blyth) 1822—1860

Walker, Samuel 1825—1829

Gillott, William 1825—1847

Verelst, Harry 1825—1838

Steade, B. B. (afterwards Pegge Burnell) 1825—1851

Bagshaw, Bev. William (Banner Cross) 1828—1848

Shore, Samuel (Norton Hall) 1829—1838

Chandler, Bev. George (of Treeton) 1829—1846

Read, John (of Norton) 1829—1862

Howard, Thomas 1831—1863

Bagshaw, William John (The Oaks) .. 1831—1851

Rimington, James (cf Broomhead) 1831—1839

Creswick, Thomas 1832—1864

Wilkinson, Henry 1833—1873

Holt, Hewan 1833—1840

Parker, Right Honourable John 1833—1861

Hadfield, Edward 1833—1854

Watson, William 1833—1886

Howard, Lord Henry 1835—1856

Skelton, Henry Thorp 1835—1859

Knight, Dr. Arnold James 1838—1844

Shore, Offley 1838—1843

The Honourable Lord Milton 1838-?1846

Brownell, Charles 1838—1843

Watson, John (Silverplater) 1838—1878

Dixon, William Frederick 1840—1872

Hamsey, Thomas 1843—1854

His Grace the Duke of Norfolk 1843—1856

Bailey, Samuel 1843—1870

Rodgers, John 1843—1860

Greaves, Henry Marwood 1846—1859

Lord Viscount Milton, M.P. (now Earl Fitzwilliam) .. .. 1846

Roberts, Samuel, Jun 1846—1887

Ashforth, John 1847—1853

Wilson, Henry (of Westbrook) .. 1844—1881

Buxton, Jonathan 1848—1862

Martin, John 1850—1854

Brown, John Bower 1851—1877

Buxton, Albert Jonathan 1851—1866

Hattersley, Joseph 1853—1859

Sale, Rev. Thomas 1853—1874

Howard, Edwin Stirling 1853—1879

Hounsfield, George .. 1854—1870

Butcher, Samuel 1854—1870

Martin, Richard 1854—1875

His Grace the Duke of Norfolk 1856—1861

Lord Wharncliffe 1856

His Grace the Duke of Newcastle 1858—1865

Bagshawe, William Henry Greaves 1889

Skelton, John Kenyon 1859—1877

Abbey, John 1859—1867

Hawksworth, Charles 1860—1874

Knowles, John 1860—1877

His Grace the Duke of Devonshire 1861

Bagshawe, Francis Westby 1861

Ellison, Michael Joseph 1861

Brown, Sir John 1862

Corbett, Vincent 1862—1865

Howard, William 1863—1869

Seaton, Samuel 1864—1887

His Grace the Duke of Newcastle 1865—1879

Smith, John Jobson 1865—1879

Nicholson, Austin 1866

Newbold, Robert 1867

His Grace the Duke of Norfolk 1869

Bradbury, Joseph 1870—1877

Young, Robert 1870—1875

Jessop, Thomas 1870-1888

Dixon, James Willis 1872—1876

Barber, James Henry 1873

Stanhope, Walter Thomas William Spencer M.P 1874

Favell, Charles 1874

Hall, Ebenezer 1875

Wilson, George 1875—1886

Dixon, Henry Isaac 1876

Bradbury, Thomas 1877

Atkin, Edwin Thomas 1877

Firth, Mark 1877—1881

Blake, William Greaves 1877

Blakeney, Venerable Archdeacon 1879

Milner, William Pashley 1879—1885

Howson, William 1879 -1884

Hutton, Robert 1879—1881

Watson, William Henry 1879

Watson, Sir Henry Edmund 1881

Firth, Charles Henry I881

Hutton, Herbert 1881

Newton, Jolin 1884

Harrison. James William I885

Watson, William Augustus 1886

Belk, Charles 1886

Nicholson, Alfred 1887

Stephenson, Sir Henry 1888

Chesterman, William 1888

Source: The Sheffield Assay Office, With a Few Notes on the Silver Trade of the Town: A paper read before the Sheffield Literary and Philosophical Society, October 1st, 1889 - Arnold T. Watson

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On a lighter note, Arnold Watson [The Sheffield Assay Office, With a Few Notes on the Silver Trade of the Town: A paper read before the Sheffield Literary and Philosophical Society, October 1st, 1889] tells us that in the earlier years of the institution, that it was the custom of the Guardians to dine at The Tontine or The Angel Public Houses and he kindly provides us with a transcription of one of the bills for one such dinner held at The Tontine.

Looks good work if you can get it.

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