Saddlers' Hall

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Saddlers' Hall


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Saddlers Hall in Gutter Lane
Type: Livery hall
Grid reference: TQ32248127
Location: 51°30’54"N, 0°5’44"W
City: London
Address: 40 Gutter Lane
Livery hall
Owned by: The Worshipful Company
of Saddlers

Saddlers' Hall is the livery hall of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, one of the oldest of the livery companies of the City of London.

The company's livery hall today stands on Gutter Lane in the City. It has existed on the same site at Cheapside (formerly 'West Chepe') since 1160.

The Hall has endured a turbulent history, like many of the livery halls, and has been rebuilt several times. The original Hall was built in the 14th century, but this hall was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. The replacement hall was bombed during the Blitz.

Saddlers’ Hall as standing today is built in a neo-classical style and its interior contains bespoke period furniture, historical antiquities and paintings.

The company

Saddlers' Hall

A Guild of Saddlers, the Company's predecessor, is thought to have been an Anglo-Saxon craft guild – it certainly existed at some point in the eleventh century. The Guild became a company when a Royal Charter of Incorporation was granted by King Edward III in 1363, and the City granted the Company the right to regulate the trade of saddle-making; all saddlers in and within two miles of the City were subject to the Company's regulations, though its powers were eroded over time.

Today the Company is principally concerned with charitable endeavours, though it retains strong affiliations with the saddlery trade, sponsoring the Society of Master Saddlers and giving prizes for deserving young riders at equestrian events.

The Company ranks twenty-fifth in the order of precedence of Livery Companies (as settled in 1515 on the Companies' economic or political power at that time).

Outside links

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about Saddlers' Hall)


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