Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths

The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The organisation was recognised as a Company "by prescription," i.e., by established usage of the title for several years, in 1325. A Royal Charter officially granting it the status of Company was granted in 1571. The Company originally had the right to set regulations and standards for blacksmiths. However, the right eroded over time. By the end of the eighteenth century, little remained of the Company's former powers. Now, the Company exists mainly as a charitable institution. The Blacksmiths' Company ranks fortieth in the order of precedence of Livery Companies. Its motto is "By Hammer and Hand All Arts Do Stand".

External links

* [http://www.blacksmithscompany.org.uk/ The Blacksmiths' Company]


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