the Pepperers

© photoart composite – East India docks – London then and now

Nothing to sneeze at
though we grind them down without much thought
yet on such spicy seeds empires were made
fortunes favoured
a school for clever East end London boys*
riches from clove and pepper trade
came sailing from the Indies in the East

The Guild of Pepperers formed in 1180 & joined by the Spicers in 1386. As wholesale merchant traders dealing en gros  were incorporated in 1428 as the Worshipful Company of Grocers. 

*My husband attended the Grocers Grammar school : What made an education at ‘the Jewish Eton’ so special?

44 words of British history for this Quadrille #35: “Pepper