About the Company
The Company has continued with its rich educational tradition which it began in the 16th Century. It owns two Schools - Merchant Taylors' School, Sandy Lodge and St John's Preparatory School, Pinner. It is associated with six other Schools by foundation - Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby; Merchant Taylors' School for Girls, Crosby; Wolverhampton Grammar School; Foyle and Londonderry College, Wallingford School and King's School, Macclesfield.
Company's association with six Schools
In addition the Company is associated with a further six Schools
Patrimony to those whose mother or father was a Freeman at the date of their birth.
Servitude to those who, between the ages of 14 and 26, become apprenticed to a Freeman of the Company.
Redemption to those nominated for membership by four members of Court.
The governing body of the Company is the Court of Assistants, currently numbering over 30.
The Master and Wardens are members of the Court and form the executive body of the Company and trustees of the majority of charitable trusts administered by the Company.
The Clerk is the Chief Officer of the Company though not a member of the Court and is responsible for the implementation of its business and activities.
Master and Wardens are elected annually and take office on 14 July each year.
The Company has occupied its present site between Threadneedle Street and Cornhill since 1347. The first Hall was built at some date between the years 1347 and 1392 (when we know it was already in existence and known as “Taillourshalle”); and between then and the Great Fire of London in 1666 our records show no structural alteration of any importance except the rebuilding of the roof between 1586 and 1588.
The Merchant Taylors' Company, or to give it the full name by which it is described in the Royal Charter of 1503, the Gild of Merchant Taylors of the Fraternity of St. John Baptist in the City of London, is one of the Twelve Great City Livery Companies surviving from Mediaeval times.
Master and Wardens
The Merchant Taylors' Company produces a bi-annual magazine in order to keep everyone up to date on our latest news and events. Please find links below to all our Number 30 magazines.
Number 30 - Spring 2008 Issue
Number 30 - Autumn 2008 issue
Number 30 - Spring 2009 Issue
Number 30 - Autumn 2009 Issue
Number 30 - Spring 2010 Issue
Number 30 - Autumn 2010 issue
Number 30 - Spring 2011 issue
Number 30 - Autumn 2011 issue
Number 30 - Spring 2012 issue
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