Worshipful Company of Carpenters


The Worshipful Company of Carpenters is a
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of the
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. The Carpenters were traditionally different from a fellow wood-crafting company, the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers, in that carpenters utilised nails while joiners used adhesives to attach
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. The organisation existed in 1271; it received a
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Royal Charter
of incorporation in 1477. As is the case with most of the other livery companies, the Company no longer has a role as a trade association of tradesmen and craftsmen. Instead, it acts as a charitable institution and supports education in wood-related fields. In 1767 the Company purchased an estate at
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. In 1886 it opened an evening institute on the Carpenters Estate there, offering classes in carpentry, joinery, plumbing, geometry, mechanical drawing and cookery. In 1891, the Carpenter's Institute had become a day school for boys. The school closed in 1905 when the local authority opened its own school. The Company ranks twenty-sixth in the order of precedence of livery companies. The Company's motto is "Honour God". Its guild church is All Hallows-on-the-Wall, where the Company has held its annual elections for over 600 years. The livery hall, Carpenters Hall, is at Throgmorton Avenue; it is a Grade II listed building. Founded in 1724, the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia was modelled after the Worshipful Company of Carpenters.


External links

London Building C

The Carpenters' Company

Carpenters Company in London
The Carpenters' Company Coat of Arms

Apprentices' Entry Books 1654-94
records of apprentices entering the company. Originally edited by Bower Marsh for the Company in 1913; here part of British History Online.
Information and Court/Committee Minute Books 1721-1800 searchable by name of Sam Newman at London Lives
Carpenters' trade unions Livery companies, Carpenters 13th-century establishments in England {{London-stub