Salters' Hall

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Salters' Hall


Salters' Hall in the City of London.jpg
Salters' Hall from London Wall
Type: Livery hall
Grid reference: TQ32468163
Location: 51°31’5"N, 0°5’32"W
City: London
Address: Fore Street
Built 1976
By: Basil Spence
Livery hall
Owned by: The Worshipful Company
of Salters

Salters' Hall is the livery hall of the Worshipful Company of Salters, one of the oldest of the livery companies of the City of London, 9th in order of precedence and therefore one of the Twelve Great Companies.

The livery hall stood on St Swithin's Lane until it was bombed in 1941 during the Blitz.

During the 1700s, the hall was the meeting place of Presbyterians and in 1719 the site of the "Salters' Hall controversy" a notable turning point in the process of establishing religious tolerance of dissenters.[1]

The present Salters' Hall on Fore Street dates from 1976[2] and was designed by architect Basil Spence, best known for his work on Coventry Cathedral.

The Company

The Company originated as the Guild of Corpus Christi, which was granted a Royal Charter of incorporation in 1394.[3] Further charters granted the Company the authority to set standards and regulations regarding the products of its members.

Originally, the Salters' Company included individuals whose trades involved the usage of salts and the preparation of chemical mixtures for use in food. As with many other livery companies, the Salters' Company has lost its direct connection to its original trade. Currently, however, the company supports the chemical industry and supports education in chemistry, for example by awarding scholarships to chemistry students.

Outside links


  1. Gordon, Alexander: 'Addresses, biographical and historical' (1922) Chapter: The story of Salters' Hall; page 142
  2. The Salters' Company
  3. "400th Anniversary of the Charter". Retrieved 30 December 2015. 

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