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The Livery Crafts Fair

SHOWCASING SKILLS ANCIENT AND MODERN

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Worshipful Company
of Basketmakers*

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Worshipful Company
of Cutlers *

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Worshipful Company
of Glass Sellers

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Worshipful Company
of Masons*

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Worshipful Company
of Saddlers*

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Worshipful Company
of Upholders

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Worshipful Company
of Brewers

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Worshipful Company
of Fan Makers *

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Worshipful Company
of Glovers

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Worshipful Company
of Pewterers*

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Worshipful Company
of Salters*

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Worshipful Company
of Weavers*

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Worshipful Company
of Broderers*

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Worshipful Company
of Framework Knitters

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Worshipful Company
of Goldsmiths*

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Worshipful Company
of Plumbers

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Worshipful Company
of Turners*

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Worshipful Company
of Wheelwrights

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 a specially brewed Becket Beer! - 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.

 

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.)



 

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 Innholders*

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Worshipful Company
of Mercers*

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Worshipful Company
of Skinners*

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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 Leathersellers*

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Worshipful Company
of Merchant Taylors*

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Worshipful Company
of Tallow Chandlers*

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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 Marketors*

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Worshipful Company
of Scriveners*

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

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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.