The Worshipful Company of Farriers
Promoting the welfare of the horse since 1356
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 Farriers consists of craft farriers, veterinary surgeons and an amalgam of persons committed to the welfare of the Horse, the continuing of the craft and contributing to the success of the City of London.
The total number of Liverymen is fixed by the Company’s Ordinances at 375. Of these, approximately 10% are craftsmen Farriers, a further 10% are Veterinary Surgeons, and the remainder come from all walks of life - all of whom share this dual interest in the Horse and the City.
New members are proposed by fellow Liverymen, and the Clerk is able to assist with introductions where necessary. Ladies have been admitted to the Livery since 1975, although the first reference to a lady being admitted to the Freedom was in 1762, and the Company is proud to be the mother Company of HRH The Princess Royal, who was Master in 1984-85.
The Company’s strength lies in its diverse membership, all of whom have something to contribute, and much to gain by way of fellowship.
A category of membership limited to the Freedom of the Company has been introduced, which offers many of the benefits, without all of the commitments of being a full Liveryman.
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, three Wardens, a Treasurer, Past Masters and Assistants, and is served by the Clerk, Craft Secretary & Registrar, 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 Common Council.
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