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Przeworsk

Once the main centre of economic life of Rzeszow’s Podgorze, mainly craftsmen emissions and trade.

Traces of settlement in Przeworsk date back to the younger Stone Age. Stone hatchets and axes, knives or clay ceramics found in the area around the city come from 4500 BC. Moreover, due to the numerous archaeological artefacts in the area around the city, the period from the 1st century BC to the 5th century BC was described as Przeworsk culture. In the 14th century, Przeworsk was a private town of nobility, which belonged to the Tarnowski, then Ostrogski and ultimately Lubomirski families. Through efforts and skillful management, the Tarnowski managed to achieve a significant economic strengthening of Przeworsk. In 1394, King Wladyslaw Jagiello extended the privileges of the city and established three fairs during the year, as well as the mayor's office and the town court with the so-called "law of sword", i.e. the right to publicly execute death sentences. It was not until 1862 that Przeworsk, under the act, gained a stamp with the inscription "The Royal Magistrate of the Free City of Przeworsk".

More than three centuries ago in Przeworsk, craftsmen took up 30 professions and were associated in 7 guilds: a shoemaker, blacksmith, baker, tailor, cooper and also cloth maker. It was the broadly understood lienen manufacture that formed the basis of the economic life of the city.

At the time of the greatest prosperity of weaving, 910 craftsmen (masters, apprentices, students, assistants) were involved in weaving. They worked in 687 workshops. Moreover, thanks to their hard work, the guild paid 60 marks to the owners of Przeworsk, and half of this sum was spent on the town's customs duty. The flax production guild operating in Przeworsk was closely connected with the profession of cloth weavers, as well as dyers, cingulars, hats and handkerchief printers. The task of these printers was to help not only with weaving but also with cloth production.

One of the most interesting curiosities connected with Przeworsk is the history of the family of General Wladyslaw Sikorski. The great- grandfather and grandfather of the general dealt with weaving, and their specialty was the linen manufactureing.

More information about the city is available on the website www.przeworsk.um.gov.pl