Welcome to our website which we hope you will find of interest and welcome to The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers.
Mr Timothy L Fitzgerald-O'Connor
Master 2013 - 2014
The City of London Livery Companies form one of the largest philanthropic movements in the world with their 40,000 strong body of Liverymen, their history stretching back over 700 years and their ability to give away to charitable causes over £55 million each year.
The Livery Companies or Guilds began in medieval times as "fraternities" or "misteries" to protect the interests of particular trades and to maintain high standards of business conduct and product quality. They also helped in the education of future generations in the particular ways of the trade or craft, and supporting those members of the company or their families who had fallen on hard times or were suffering poor health. Charitable fundraising and giving to a variety of worthy causes have largely taken the place of the original trade functions.
Today, there are 108 City of London Livery Companies, some of very ancient origin (eg Weavers, Goldsmiths, Fishmongers) and some very new (Management Consultants, International Bankers, Tax Advisors). Liverymen play an integral part in the life and governance of the City to this day in electing the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs at Common Hall in Guildhall.
The Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers was incorporated in 1423 and received their first Charter in 1693. The Company was granted Livery status in 1780 and numbered 74 on the City Livery list. Although the activities are largely charitable, the Company is seeking to re-establish contact with its roots to promote wider interest and understanding of the art of gold and silver wire drawing and its uses, both ancient and modern.
It is hoped that you will find much to interest you here on this website.