The Worshipful
Company of Basketmakers

Let Us Love One Another


News from your Clerk 
After a very well attended and most enjoyable Banquet at Mansion House at the end of September, we welcomed the new Prime Warden, Roger Harper MBE on the 13th October.  Following the Annual Service at St Margaret Pattens, the Company enjoyed lunch at Clothworkers' Hall and then Common Hall with the Installation of the Priime Warden; Judy Tayler-Smith as Upper Warden and Lady Lauriston as Under Warden.  The four new Stewards were installed at Ceremonial Court.

The Company's events are back to pre-pandemic times with a full diary as we head towards the end of the year.  I hope very much that we will see many of you in the months to come.

If you are looking to buy or commission basketry for Christmas presents, please do visit our Makers' page and contact our Yeoman members for special, individually crafted gifts.
​​​​​​​With best wishes,

Sarah Sinclair  
Clerk to the Basketmakers' Company

  Who We Are​​​​​​

450th Anniversary of The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers

In 2019 the Company celebrated the
​​​​​​​450th anniversary of it's formation in 1569

Basketry is a very ancient craft, one of the first crafts adopted by humans. The oldest known baskets so far discovered were found at Fayum in Egypt and have been carbon dated to around 10,000BC. We can not claim quite such a long history but The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers was formally constituted by the Court of Aldermen in 1569 to help support the trade.

Today, the company aspires to be an inclusive, friendly and diverse Livery which remains modern and relevant by effectively supporting our ancient craft, London charities and the historic traditions of the City of London.

For centuries, our members were all professional basketmakers and we regulated their trade in the City. Today we welcome people from all walks of life.
​​​​​​​We continue to promote the craft of basketmaking and through our Charitable Trust we also help good causes and communities across London. 
​​​​​​​We have earned a reputation as one of the friendliest Livery Companies, and our social programme extends from formal dinners to family days out, including our well-known basketmaking days.

Please contact our Clerk for further information or visit our Membership page.

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