Livery Companies and Guilds

Whilst their origins are ancient, the underlying purpose and the driving forces that have sustained Livery Companies for so many centuries are timeless. The nature of the companies gives them huge flexibility, diversity and capacity for innovation. Their work today is as relevant to the good health of the City as it has always been.

How to join a Livery Company

Membership usually, but not always, is in three stages: Admission as a Freeman Obtaining the Freedom of the City of London, and Progression to full membership as a Liveryman. Some...

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City Livery Companies – a guide

This free 40-page Guide booklet is published by the City of London Public Relations Office (PRO) and is available on request at the Guildhall reception desk. The booklet covers short...

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Livery Companies Database

Click on the company name to see full details. Livery CompaniesOtherLivery Companies Please select a column to search in. Please type in something to search for. Search: Sort by: Precedence...

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Halls and Venues

A list of livery halls and other City venues is available to download, or it can be viewed below.  The list includes maximum capacities for dinners and receptions, the hall...

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Provincial Guilds

In the UK Many towns and cities around the UK still have Guilds and several of these provincial Guilds have connections with the City of London and its Livery Companies....

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Livery Company Groups

Several inter-livery groups bring together the otherwise independent livery companies to coordinate their efforts in common cause.  One such group is the Financial Services Group (FSG) of livery companies and...

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How to form a new Guild

The Court of Aldermen of the City of London has laid down a set of requirements that must be met by a group proposing to form a new Guild.  The...

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How to form a Company with and without Livery

Moving to City Company without Livery A recognised Guild seeking to be recognised as a City Company without Livery should have functioned satisfactorily for at least four years and satisfy...

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Livery Roles

In every Livery Company there are three key Livery roles - The Court of Assistants The Role of the Clerk The Role of the Livery Master   The Court of...

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Past Masters’ Associations

With the exception of the Bowyers’ company whose Master is elected for two years, each livery company elects a new Master annually. The Masters of the various companies will naturally...

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Royal Charter of Incorporation

A Royal Charter of Incorporation is a governance document that forms a new corporate body and provides for its regulation. A Royal Charter is permanent and may only be withdrawn...

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Grant of Arms

The Livery Companies have a unique and longstanding relationship with the art and science of heraldry, not least because they were the first corporate bodies to be formally granted arms. ...

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Military Affiliations

The City of London Livery Companies have a particularly close and long-standing relationship with the Armed Forces of the Crown, one that continues to flourish in the 21st century through...

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