This register of the gild of St Katherine within the parish church of St Paul, Stamford, is an important document for several reasons1. First, it records the membership of this gild withmeticulous detail over a period of just over fifty years, from 1480 to 1534. Among the members recorded are some of the leading figures of the day such as Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, mother of Henry VII, from her palace at Collyweston nearby. The gild seems to have attracted many women and one of its unusual features is that it was apparently in part devoted to the support of the anchoress immured on the north side of St Paul’s church and indeedother anchoresses in the town.

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