History of the Company
The Loriner makes and sells bits, bridles, spurs, stirrups, saddle trees and the minor metal items of a horse's harness.
The Company's first Ordinances were granted in 1261, earlier than those of any other craft (except the Cappers, who were later absorbed by the Haberdashers). In 1393 new Ordinances were made, and again in 1489, 1714 and 1741, the last being those by which the Company is governed today.
By a Royal Charter of 1711, in the reign of Queen Anne, the Company achieved incorporation in the style of "The Master, Wardens, Assistants and the Commonalty of Loriners, London".
By the end of the nineteenth century the Company had almost no role in relation to its craft. However, if did have the reputation of being very attractive in its social aspects, as well as of being a great force in the public life of the City. Since 1858 there have been thirty-seven Loriner Lord Mayors and at least sixty-six Loriner Sheriffs.
In 1932 the Court of Aldermen fixed the number of Liverymen permitted to the Company at 500, the number today fluctuating around 450. Since 1989 ladies have been admitted to the Livery. The first two ladies elected through the Livery were installed as Master in 2010 and 2011.
The Loriners' Company Today
The Company is a fellowship of men and women who are Free of the Company and the City, and therefore, by definition, Citizens of the City of London, regardless of where they live.
Membership of the Company
The membership of the Worshipful Company of Loriners is made up of Liverymen and Freemen who come from all walks of life – all of whom share an interest in the Horse and the City of London.
Members are initially admitted to the Freedom of the Company, and once they have been made Freemen of the City of London they become Liverymen.
A fine is paid on admission to the Company.
The total number of Liverymen is fixed by the Company’s Ordinances at 500.
New members are proposed by fellow Liverymen, and the Clerk is able to assist with introductions where necessary. The Company is proud to have The Princess Royal as an Honorary Liverymen. She was Master in 1992.
The Company’s strength lies in its diverse membership, all of whom have something to contribute, and much to gain by way of fellowship.
Liverymen may be invited to join the Court, the governing body of the Company, and thus may eventually become Master.
The Court consists of the Master, two Wardens, Past Masters and Assistants, and is served by the Clerk, Honorary Chaplain, and Beadle.
Liverymen meet at least four times a year for social functions following meetings of the Court.
The Company does not have a Hall. This is often an advantage, however, in that we have the opportunity to visit many of the other Company Halls on these occasions, and the annual Livery Banquet is held at the Mansion House by courtesy of the Lord Mayor.
The Livery Committee arranges a programme of less formal social activities during the year. In common with other Companies, Liverymen are involved in the election of the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs, and have the opportunity to support the policies of the Court of Common Council.
How to join
For more information on the Company and how to become a Member please contact the Clerk.
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