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Worshipful Company of Masons

Categories: Liveries & Guilds

The masons did very well out of the post-fire rebuilding of London. From their website: "The focus of our Livery Company is to preserve and encourage the use of natural stone in the built environment. This includes supporting the training of craftsmen as well as the preservation and appreciation of iconic historic stone buildings....

Our Company was formed with the object of regulating the craft of stonemasonry so that standards could be properly maintained and rewarded. The earliest available records of regulation from the Court of Aldermen are dated 1356. In 1472 a Grant of Arms was received under Letters Patent but it was not until 1677 that the Company was formally incorporated by Royal Charter under the seal of King Charles II which gave it authority to control the work of masons in the Cities of London and Westminster and seven miles around. This was a necessary power in order to control the influx of provincial stonemasons assisting in the rebuilding of the capital following the Great Fire in 1666 and to enable the maintenance of strict standards, although governance was never quite as tight again.

Since then members of the Company have been involved in the creation and preservation of the majority of iconic stone buildings and structures across these Cities and nationwide. Joshua and Edward Marshall erected Temple Bar in 1673, the barrier from where trade was officially regulated into the City. Four years later Thomas Strong laid the foundation stone of the new St Paul’s Cathedral and his brother Edward laid the last stone of the building’s lantern in 1708. Both Marshalls and Strongs were Master Masons among a number of other prominent members of the Company who worked on the City’s most beautiful monuments under Sir Christopher Wren. Between 1670 and 1718 at least 8 individuals actively involved in the construction of St Paul’s became Masters of the Masons’ Company."

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Worshipful Company of Masons

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Masons Hall

On this site stood the hall of the Worshipful Company of Masons.

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This section lists the memorials created by the subject on this page:
Worshipful Company of Masons

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Bench - Mayoralty

Along the front edge of the bench 10 sets of deviders are carved and along th...

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Other Subjects

Coachmakers' Hall

Coachmakers' Hall

The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers received their charter in 1677 and initially did not have a hall of their own. Following the Great Fire the Worshipful Company of Scr...

Building, Liveries & Guilds

1 memorial
Worcester House - City

Worcester House - City

From Louis Zettersten: WORCESTER WHARF – Here stood in the 15th century Worcester House, belonging to the Earls of Worcester, but Stow records that the palace was "now divided into many tenements."...

Building, Liveries & Guilds, Property

1 memorial
Worshipful Company of Skinners

Worshipful Company of Skinners

Originally an association of fur traders, it is now an educational and charitable institution. It is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London.

Group, Commerce, Education, Liveries & Guilds

1 memorial
Robert Lancaster

Robert Lancaster

Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers who died in WW1. Andrew Behan has kindly provided this research: Second Lieutenant Robert Lancaster was born in 1880, the third son and the sixth ...

Person, Liveries & Guilds

War dead, WW1
1 memorial