Visit to Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London EC2N 2DQ Tuesday 20th February 2018
10.30am coffee on arrival followed by an accompanied tour of the Hall ending by 1pm. Only 30 places available
Founded over 600 years ago, the Drapers’ Company is incorporated by Royal Charter and is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies in the City of London. The Drapers acquired their Coat of Arms in 1439. The medieval member might have had a shop where he sold drapery; wealthier members were merchants, traders in wool and cloth, and financiers.
The expansion of the English woollen cloth trade in the 15th century was reflected in the prosperity of the Drapers’ Company. When the order of precedence of the City Companies was set in 1516, the Drapers’ position was confirmed as being third, after the Mercers and the Grocers. The Drapers bought the site of Thomas Cromwell’s town house after his fall in 1543.
Whilst the Livery companies have their roots in medieval trades and crafts they have grown and adapted to modern needs. The Company currently supports many educational establishments and charitable causes. The tour will include the magnificent Livery Hall – the finest surviving Victorian Livery Hall – the Drawing Room and Court Room, all of which contain the Company’s special collection of works of art, silver and artefacts which has been created and developed over the centuries.
Cost £12 each to include coffee. Members are welcome to bring guests, and any guest who joins the Society will be given one-year’s free membership
Entry is in Throgmorton Avenue (down the side of Throgmorton Street) Cut off date for booking 14th February
The Cadogan Hall have agreed to act as our Box Office, and you can book by phone on 0207-730-4500 or by cheque payable to Cadogan Hall, or in person at their Box Office at Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ, during office hours Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 6.00. There is a small charge for card payments. Tickets are not available online.