Unique SDS Guarantees to the Livery and Added benefits

  • All Livery Company clients will benefit from the software already developed with and for the Worshipful Company of Marketors – this includes a comprehensive Search Tool which allows for Browsing and Extraction of any defined data.
  • In addition, whilst any Archive Web Site will be designed to meet each Livery Company’s brand and design rules, the experience gained with working to produce an Archive Website for the Worshipful Company of Marketors will undoubtedly save time and money.
  • SDS Livery has many types of scanning device – designed to enable the capture and conversion of the most complicated and precious data from any paper or paper-like archive, regardless of age, size, condition and binding. No alteration of the original documents will occur and no additional wear and tear will be caused – we are used to handling and scanning the rarest and most priceless documents for many prestigious institutions in the UK and can provide full references.
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[The Drapers’ Company] – Archivist’s Digitisation Projects

The Drapers’ Company – Examples of SDS Specialist Scanning, Digitisation and Atomisation of non-standard and “heritage” documentation

Boyd’s Roll

A collection of volumes detailing the apprentices and Freemen of the Drapers’ Company Boyd’s Roll

The source used for data entry of The Drapers’ Company membership information is known as ’Boyd’s Roll’, a holograph calendar of manuscript sources created by P. Boyd in the 1930s. It covers the Company records from the thirteenth century to 1934, and provides biographical information about Drapers’ members, and indeed often detailed accounts of their careers, organised in alphabetical order. Much of this information is in note form, and Boyd used his own system of abbreviations and codes.

Thomas Howells Ledger 1522 to 1527

William Roche was bound apprentice in the Drapers’ Company in 1492. In 1502-3 Roche exported 100 cloths from London. He rose to prominence in the Spanish trade, exchanging cloth for oil, iron and other goods; one of his apprentices was Thomas Howell, whose ledger gives a detailed account of the trade.

In 1537, Thomas Howell, a Welsh merchant trading in Bristol, London and Seville, bequeathed 12,000 gold ducats to the Drapers’ Guild to provide dowries "every yere for Maydens for ever." His "Merchant’s Mark" is still used as a logo for Howell’s school in Llandaff, Cardiff.

Various rare and unique Volumes

  • Irish Plantation Map Book
  • Plan Book Appendix 1855
  • Property Book Surveyed in 1698
  • Survey of Several Estates 1819

Three Volumes of Townland Surveys of 1857 held in Drapers’ Hall, London

Maps containing information on the individual townlands of the Drapers’ Estate including county, barony, parish, townland and farm boundaries: rivers and streams; road and bridges; dams or weirs; forts and mounds; kilns and ruins; quarries, gravel or sandpits; wells or springs; bogs or uncultivated ground; farm layouts; fields and field sizes; houses and other buildings and tenant’s names.

  • Vol. 1 - Moneymore Estate
  • Vol. 2 - Brackagh Slieve Gallion Estate
  • Vol. 3 - Draperstown Esate

A list of the leases deposited by the Drapers’ Company in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. In 2014, a book was published (Ballinacreen Historical Society and Sperrins Gateway) using the scans of the original volumes digitised by SDS.