Waites' Cognizances

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The following list of Waits' chains, collars, scutcheons and badges has been compiled by James Merryweather. Where pictures are available, click on the town name to view them. If you have information on other Waits' cognizances, or more information on those listed, please forward (with pictures if possible) to Al Garrod for inclusion on this page.



TOWN Source Number Earliest Date Scutcheon Collar Links Sleeve Comments
Alnwick 1 3 1705 silver, circular, 3" no no badge  
Beverley 1,3,(!) 2+2(mayor) 1424 silver, plain shield, 1½ x 1¾" chain ~50 eagle/beaver no  
Bristol 1,3 4 1683 silver, circular, 3¼" chain 27 rose/pomegranate didmated no  
Cambridge 7,8 1 ? oval ~8 x 5" no no badge in Guildhall
Exeter 1,2 4 1456-57 silver, small shield chain 40 I/R in circle no 1895 attr. sergeants at arms (1)
King's Lynn 1,2(!) 3+2 (mayor) ~1550 silver gilt, plain shield chain dragon+cross/curled leaf no  
King's Lynn 2 1 ? arm badge no no badge  
Leeds 1,4,(!) 3 1626? oval, 4½" ? ? no In Civic Hall
Leicester 1,5,6 1(3) 1695-96 silver, oval ~shield chain small, plain links no  
Lincoln 1 1 1514 silver, oval chain 25 plain links no in Guldhall, Regalia Room
Newark 1 4 1713 silver shield chain ? no  
Norwich 1 2 ~1550 silver gilt, ornate shield chain 28 castle/leopard no  
Retford   3 1670-80 silver, oval no no badge in the Bassetlaw Museum
Shrewsbury 1 3 1706 Silver, oval, 13cm x 10cm ? ? ? Mayor's Parlour, Guildhall. Wrongly described as "Bellman's badges"
Stamford 1 6 1691 plain shield, 3½ x 2¾" no no badge  
Wakefield 1,3(!) 1 1688 oval, 5" no no badge  
York 1(!) 3 1565 ornate shield, ~4" chain 42/35/32 leopards badge prob. originally for sleeve (holes)
Lost Cognizances
Coventry 1 4 1441 silver gilt chain ? no  
Hull 1 2-4 1436-37 silver gilt - enamel? chain ? no  
Ipswich 1 1(6) 1568 ? ? ? ?  
Liverpool 1 1 1594 'the town's scutcheon' ? ? ?  
London 1 ?(6) 1561 silver chain SS no see 'A Noyse of Music'
Oxford 1 2 (1577) yes ? ? ?  
Other badges, not necessarily of waites
Derby 1 1 - oval 5½" no sleeve badge yes 1895 worn by town crier
Scarborough 1 2 1688 circular 3¼"< ? badges ?