- Worshipful Company of Haberdashers
The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers is one of the Livery Companies of the
City of London. The organisation, which developed from the Mercers' Company, another Livery Company connected with clothing and haberdashery, received a Royal Charterin 1448. The Company, which was originally responsible for the regulation cloth merchants, began to lose control due to the increase of the population of London, its jurisdiction. Thus, the Company now exists as an educational and charitable institution only, instead of retaining links to its original trade.
As an educational institution, the Haberdashers' company has been active in founding eight schools. It created a boys' school at
Hoxton, which then split into schools at Hatchamin south London and Hampsteadin north London; the Hampstead school moved in 1961to become the Haberdashers' Aske's School, Elstree. The Hatcham school now admits girls as well as boys; a separate girls' school was founded at Acton but has now moved to be close to the Elstree school. Other Haberdashers' schools are situated elsewhere in the U.K., for example Adams' Grammar Schoolin Newport, Shropshire. Being a principally Christian organisation, the Haberdashers present copies of the King James Bibleto leavers of their schools.
The Company ranks eighth in the
order of precedenceof Livery Companies; it is therefore considered one of the "Great Twelve City Livery Companies". The Company's motto is "Serve and Obey". Its Hall was for many centuries in the Bassishawward of the City but since 2002 the Company has moved into a new Hall in Farringdon Without.
List of Haberdashers Schools
* [http://abrahamdarbyacademy.com/ Abraham Darby Academy]
Adams' Grammar School
Aldersey C of E Primary School
Haberdashers' Agincourt School
Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy
Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls
Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls
West Monmouth School(affiliated)
* [http://www.haberdashers.co.uk/ The Haberdashers' Company]
* [http://www.haberdashers.co.uk/Haberdashers/thecompany/History.asp The Haberdashers' Company history]
* [http://www.heraldicmedia.com/site/info/livery/livcomps/haberdashers.html History of the Haberdashers' Company] archived by Heraldic Media
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