Worshipful Company of Carpenters

The Worshipful Company of Carpenters is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Carpenters were traditionally different from a fellow wood-crafting company, the Joiners' and Ceilers' Company, in that the Carpenters utilised nails while the Joiners used adhesives to attach wood.

The organisation existed in 1271; it received a 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.

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.

External links

* [http://www.thecarpenterscompany.co.uk/ The Carpenters' Company]
* [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.asp?pubid=354 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.


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