How to find cutlery makers in your family history

By Guest, 26 October 2018 - 10:24am

Inspired by BBC Two's Made in Great Britain, Nell Darby explains how you can find out more about ancestors who worked as cutlery makers

Made in Great Britain Sheffield steel cutlery making
Made in Great Britain begins with the craftspeople learning about Sheffield's steel industry (Credit: BBC)

In BBC Two's new series Made in Great Britain, Steph McGovern and four contemporary craftspeople discover Britain's historic industries and the people who worked in them.

For the first episode, broadcast tonight, they visit Sheffield to discover the city's steel manufacturing heritage, including its cutlery industry.

Cutlers have a long and illustrious history, with livery companies dating back to the early 15th century (London) and early 17th century (in Sheffield).

Cutlers - the word deriving from the Old French word for 'knife' - have historically made and sold knives and edged weapons, but also other goods such as razors or scissors.

If your ancestors worked as cutlers, you can find out more with these online records.

 

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers

Your cutler ancestor may have been a member of The Cutlers' Company, a City of London livery company. You can find out more on their website.

 

Sheffield Records Online

Sheffield Records Online

Sheffield Records Online has a very useful list of Master Cutlers and Apprentices who were based in the city. These cover several centuries up to the early 20th century (Master Cutlers) and mid-19th century (apprentices).

 

The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire

The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire

If they were based in the Sheffield area, your ancestor may have been part of The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. Its website features a timeline and a list of past Masters Cutler.
 

 

Don't miss Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine November 2018 for much more expert family history advice

 

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