The Basketmakers Livery Company was established in 1569 to control the manufacture of baskets within the City of London.
Today's objectives are:
- Development of fellowship amongst all its Members
- Support for the Lord Mayor and the Corporation of the City of London
- Support for the craft of basketmaking
- Support for Charities
In recent years the Company has provided financial support both to the Basketmakers' Association and to the students on the City and Guilds course at the City Literary Institute.
The senior officer in the Company is known as Prime Warden.
For more information contact the Clerk to the Company
Julie Fox ACIS, Chartered MCIPD
79 Barnfield Wood Road,
Kent BR3 6ST
Telephone : 020 8658 8337
At the Banquet in 2011 HMS Richmond’s outgoing commanding
officer, Captain Mike Walliker, suggested that the affiliation would be
strengthened if we could arrange an event for the Ship’s company to give them a
better understanding of what the Livery means to the City of London.He laid particular stress on the desirability
of aiming this at the other ranks on board who had little appreciation of what
HMS Richmond was due to go through a comprehensive refit
during which time some 60% of the crew would change.This idea was put to the affiliation liaison
contact on the ship and arranged for 12th September 2012 after the
completion of sea trials.
A party of Basketmakers joined the group for the walk and
luncheon and with other members of the Company very generously sponsored
sailors to cover the costs.
The Ship’s party travelled up from Portsmouth by minibus and
we met at Guildhall Yard at 10:15.We
were exceptionally fortunate to secure Murray Craig, Clerk to the Chamberlain’s
Court, as our guide. He had prepared a
special itinerary in keeping with the theme of Worshipful Companies and the
City’s Naval connections.We started in
Guildhall Yard, then on to the Guildhall Art Gallery and Guildhall itself, by
way of the Roman amphitheatre.
From Guildhall we walked along Gresham Street, Noble Street,
London Wall, Aldersgate Street, Little Britain and so to Smithfield.Murray gave a fascination explanation of the
history and connections of the places we passed through, with frequent stops to
point out the less obvious details that the casual passer-by could easily miss.
The walk finished at Butchers Hall, and being a Wednesday, a
carvery lunch had been booked.The
ship’s crew enjoyed the opportunity to dine in the impressive surroundings of
Butchers Hall and quickly became devotees of the superlative roast beef.
After the luncheon the general view that it was "far too
early" to return to the minibus and an impromptu visit was made to a local
London pub "The Hand & Shears".
Back at Guildhall Yard the Basketmakers said farewell to the
party from the ship after a last opportunity for a few photos.