Welcome to the Worshipful Company
of Clothiers of Worcester.
The Worshipful Company of Clothiers, Worcester, was one of the early medieval guilds formed to promote the interests of its members and to ensure the production of high quality cloth in the City of Worcester. The Ordinances of the guild, or fraternity, of weavers, which under Statute had to be submitted to the Justices of Assize for approval, is dated 5th June in the 14th year of the reign of King Henry VIII – 1522. The Ordinances refer to activity that is “ancient and laudable usage long time accustomed”. The Company was incorporated by Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1590.
The Clothiers' Company
sits in the context of Worcester as an important 16th century cloth
town; in 1540, John Leland said "The
wealth of Worcester standeth most by draping and no town of England at this
present time maketh so many cloathes yearly as this town doeth”.