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The Livery Crafts Fair

SHOWCASING SKILLS ANCIENT AND MODERN

Inspired by the guildsmen who staged the original pageant of 1519, and Becket’s origins as the son of a City merchant, Guildhall Yard will be styled as an immersive 16th century experience with period entertainers and a vibrant Livery Crafts Fair. Visitors will be invited to imagine themselves as Tudor Londoners, learn about a pivotal period in British history, sample themed food and drink and watch skilled livery craft displays in an open air, Covid-secure environment.

Entrance will be free to the public​.

Up to eighteen Livery Companies will showcase the important contribution of the guilds past and present to the success of the City, whilst providing practical demonstrations of their individual trades, including the evolution from old technologies to new.

There will be an opportunity to purchase hand crafted merchandise direct from the stall-holders. 

The fair will also highlight the on-going educational aspects of Livery Companies’ work, particularly their support of modern apprenticeships and alternative career pathways.

 

Stalls are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis with the final number dependent on the prevailing Covid-19 rules. A small levy will be charged to cover basic set up costs only. However, we also strongly encourage participating companies to consider making a charitable contribution to the event itself.

 

We are delighted to welcome the following Livery Companies who will all be taking stalls at the Fair:

(*With thanks for donation or special support.)



 

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Worshipful Company

of Basketmakers*

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Worshipful Company

of Cutlers

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Worshipful Company

of Goldsmiths*

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Worshipful Company

of Plumbers*

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Worshipful Company

of Brewers

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Worshipful Company
of Fan Makers*

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Worshipful Company

of Masons*

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Worshipful Company

of Turners

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Worshipful Company

of Cordwainers*

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Worshipful Company

of Glovers

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Worshipful Company

of Pewterers*

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Worshipful Company

of Upholders

The Becket Pageant for London also wishes to express its gratitude to: 

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Worshipful Company

of Builders' Merchants*

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Worshipful Company

of Drapers*

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Worshipful Company

of Fishmongers*

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Worshipful Company

of Grocers*

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Worshipful Company

of Leathersellers*

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Worshipful Company

of Scriveners*

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Worshipful Company

of Chartered Accountants*

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Worshipful Company

of Dyers*

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Worshipful Company

of Fletchers*

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Worshipful Company

of Haberdashers*

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Worshipful Company

of Marketors*

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Worshipful Company

of Skinners*

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Worshipful Company

of Clothworkers*

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Worshipful Company

of Educators*

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Worshipful Company

of Girdlers*

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Worshipful Company

of Horners*

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Worshipful Company

of Saddlers*

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Worshipful Company

of Weavers*

...and to the many other Worshipful Companies who have indicated that they will be supporting the Pageant.

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​We will also be providing Tudor-themed food and drink over the two days, and in order to assure authenticity we are being advised by food historian Marc Meltonville and the Worshipful Company of Cooks.

 

Past Master Brewer Miles Jenner is arranging for a fresh batch of Becket beer to be brewed by Harvey's Brewery.

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The Weavers' Charter of 1155

The first recorded charter of a livery company, certified by Thomas Becket (ATT T CANC is an abbreviation of 'Attested by Thomas the Chancellor'). It is believed that this may be the oldest surviving document from Becket’s time as Royal Chancellor.