Just to post a reference to this man John Sayer: who was a bailiff in the above years in Colchester:......His trade listed as Shearer.....
It is significant to know: that Colchester was an important port for trade with Flanders: and a strong hub of clothmakers, wool weavers, etc
England refused to purchase cloth from Amiens and St. Quentin in Picardy (Flanders) so imported workers from here to conduct this business from around 1200 AD.....some before and later
It should also be noted that Sayer was occasionally an Alias or nichname for the family called Tanner... as recorded in the Papal papers of 1362-1404AD that John Tanner aka Sayer entered a monastary during an uprising and attacked monks:
(its unknown if the Tanners continued to do so: but it speaks to the earliest versions of Sayer as Le Sire and Le Sueur: Latin Sutor=shoemakers)
Its also of interest that in the same sentence the last name could be spelled Seyer or Sayer.
The name is found certainly in the reign of Henry 3rd: mid 1200 AD......
and is referred to in the Calender of Inquisitions:
as Sayer (SAHIERUS) le Fleming..held land for a fee in Bradewell Essex........thus further confirming the Sayer Flemish identity........and through the Latin Sahierus the transition of some Sayers to Sears.