The Worshipful
Company of Basketmakers

Let Us Love One Another


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
21st April 1926 - 8th September 2022
We have all been deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, she was an inspiration to us all. She led by example. Most members of the Worshipful Company have only lived under her reign as our Queen. To have such a dramatic change as a result of her death has an enormous impact on all of our lives. We shall all miss her. The world will be a sad place during this period of mourning. All our thoughts will be with the Royal Family and the people who work in the Royal households. Over the last couple of years, we have missed out on our Summer Event. This year tied in perfectly to allow us to honour our incredible Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

​​​​​​​With best wishes,

Richard T Turner
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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