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The London Livery Collection

About to say goodbye to the Livery Company Collection!

We are coming to the very end of our Limited Painting Livery Company Collection.  Although these cannot now be ordered online, we do have one of two of some of these still availble.  Please call or email us for details.  Each piece is priced at £100 plus carraiage/insurance.

 

grocers companygrocers companydetail The Grocers Company, painted on our Alf Roberts building, with a wealth of ‘fruit & veg’ filling the windows.

The Grocers are the 2nd of the Great City Livery Companies, after the Mercers Company.

Originally known as the Ancient Guild of Pepperers, the name changed in 1376 to the Company of Grocers.  The Royal Charter was granted in 1428 by Henry V.

The original Pepperers were responsible for ‘Garbling’ which was the prevention of impairment of spices and drugs.  The term ‘Grocer’ comes from the latin ‘Grossarius’ which means ‘a person who works with large amounts of trades goods’

 

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fishmongers websizeThe Fishmongers Company, painted on our Maunder’s Building.fishmongers detail

One of the earliest of the London Livery Companies. The first Royal Charter was issued in 1272.

Fish was a staple part of the diet and this increased the influence of the company significantly.

With a complete monopoly on the sale of fish – one of the chief necessities of life in the Middle Ages – the Company’s wealth and influence grew enormously. The Company even had its own Court of Law (Leyhalmode), where all disputes relating to fish were settled.

 

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Haberdashers and Merchant TaylorsThe Haberdashers and Merchant Drapers, Haberdashers and Merchant Taylorsdetailpainted on our Dairy Barber Building.

The Haberdashers Company received its Royal Charter in 1448 and were joined by the Hatmakers in 1502.

The company, which was originally responsible for the regulation of cloth merchants began losing its control over that trade as the population of London increased and spread outwards from the City after the Industrial Revolution.

Merchant Taylor’s Company were given their First Royal Charter by Edward III in 1327

Initially an association of citizens who worked with Tailors and Linen Armourers the company grew to such an extent it controlled the tailoring trade.

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Hackney Carriage Drivers websizeThe Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage DriversHackney Carriage Drivers detail, painted on our Tea Shop building – without the Telephone box.  Painted by Carol, whose family included a member of the company!

In 1654, the first of Cromwell’s Parliaments passed an Act setting up The Fellowship of Master Hackney Coachmen. Though the Act only remained in force for three years, it was the forerunner of every future Act of Parliament concerning hackney carriages, including horse drawn cabs and taxis until the present day.

At that time, the number of coachmen were restricted to two hundred and the Act named the first thirteen overseers, who were entrusted the task of choosing the remainder.

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ironmongers websizeThe Ironmongers Company,

Originally known as Ferroners,ironmongers detail were a recognised body as early as 1300.  Painted on our Melton Mowbray building, with a wealth of researched detail.

The Ironmongers, then known as Ferroners, were an effective body in 1300.By 1328 they were regarded as a firmly established brotherhood, joining in the elections of the City officials and choosing four of their members to treat with the Mayor and Sheriffs.The Ironmongers’ received a grant of arms in 1455, describing them as the “Honourable Crafte and Fellasship of Fraunchised Men of Ironmongers”, and a charter of incorporation from Edward IV in 1463, which was reconfirmed in 1558, 1560, 1604 and 1687.

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International Bankers websizeThe Company of International BankersInternational Bankers detail

A friendly joke at the bankers comes next!  Piles of cash, gold and cash surround a ‘Fat Cat’ on the first floor, while on the ground floor we see the yacht those million pound bonuses paid for!

The Company of international Bankers was founded in 2001. Before that time it was not possible to have a London Livery company with members from outside the UK, European Union, & commonwealth.

The company is the 106th of the London Livery Companies.

 

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The Mercer’s Company

Mercers company websizeThe oldest and first of all the Livery Companies of London.Mercers company detail Painted by Carol, and heavily highlighed with pure gold.

The Mercers Company was the first of the ‘Great 12 City Livery Companies’   It’s Royal Charter was granted in 1394 although the company’s origins are far older.

The Mercers Motto is‘Honor Deo’ latin for “Honour to God”

According to the Worshipful Company of Mercers themselves a Mercer “might have run a shop or market selling fabric and accessories”  Famous Mercers have included Dick Whittington, John Dee and Robert Baden-Powell.  WE can see these painted in the window

 

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The skinners company websizeThe Skinner’s CompanyThe skinners company detail

With Windows painted by Christine!  This is on our Nutshell building, and there will only be 5 available, so order or reserve one without delay.

The Skinners’ Company developed from a medieval trade guild, a body that regulated and controlled the manufacture and sale of goods and also cared for its sick members and those in financial trouble.

Skinners dressed and traded furs, which were both a luxury item and a necessity. Strict controls reserved ermine, sable and marten for royalty and aristocracy, the middle classes could use squirrel and fox, the common people had to get by with lambskin, rabbit or cat.

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stationers Hall websizeThe Stationers Companystationers Hall detaill

Painted on our Canterbury Building, with the beginnings of the guild shown above as a monk working on a manuscript, and the downstairs showing the period from the early 16th century, when printers joined The Company.

First formed in 1403, by the early 16th century printers had joined The Stationers’ Company and by the mid century the printers had more or less ousted the manuscript trade. In 1557 the Guild received a Royal Charter of Incorporation and in 1559, they became a livery company – the 47th.

The Stationers’ Charter secured them from outside competition, but they had to settle their own internal disputes, which mostly concerned infringements of ownership of ‘copies’ or what we would now call copyright

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security professionals websizeThe Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.

A fun ceramic which we couldn’t resist creating!  security professionals detail

The window is filled with doormen and bouncers, beauifully painted as only Christine can! plus we have two guard dogs to keep the building safe!

Founded in 1999 as the 108th Livery company of London membership includes leading security professionals from the industrial and retail sectors, serving and retired members of the police and armed services, security consultants, heads of security for corporate businesses, investigators and electronic surveillance practitioners.

 

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Vintners & Brewers websizeThe Brewers Company and the Vintners Company.

Painted on our Sun Inn Building, by Michele.  Vintners & Brewers detail

The Brewers Company was incorporated by royal charter in 1437/8, although it existed in some form from the 13th century. They received a grant of arms in 1469 and had a hall in the City of London from at least 1403.

The Vintners Company probably existed as early as the twelfth century, and received a Royal Charter in 1364.

Due to the Royal Charter, the Company gained a monopoly  over wine imports from Gascony. Also, it acquired the right to sell wine without a licence, and it became the most powerful company in the wine trade. However, in 1553, it lost its right to sell wine anywhere in the country.

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Pewterers Hall websizeThe Pewterers CompanyPewterers detail

The Pewterers Company is the 16th in the order of precedence of London City Livery Companies and has existed since at least 1348.

The first charter was granted in 1473/4, and for the following two centuries pewter was an important part of the economy.  Pewter was essential for the production of Plates, Dishes and drinking vessels, and by the late 17th century, the Company of Pewterers had reached it’s high point.

From then onwards the changes in the country’s drinking habits and the introduction of new materials and production methods meant that the importance of the Pewterers Company declined.