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Medieval Chester

Trade and Guilds in medieval Chester
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Chester was a large industrial and commercial centre, which traded with the surrounding area and also merchandized with other Nations through its port from the 10th Century onwards. In the 13th Century Chester was actually one of the most important ports of the North, its markets were essential for the surrounding area and two annual fairs were held. In the late 14th Century the town faced a decline. The economical factors for this decline were, that the town did not take part in the extensive wool and cloth trade and as a west-facing port it was not very important for Continental trade. Although various branches of craft were settled in the town, the production was of a small scale and in the 1450’s the silting of the harbour made access for ships impossible. But by the late 15th century there were signs of revival and in the early 16th century Chester prospered again.

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