Worshipful Company of Saddlers

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Worshipful Company of Saddlers
MottoHold Fast, Sit Sure and Our Trust Is In God
LocationSaddlers' Hall, Gutter Lane, London, EC2V 6BR
Date of formation1395
Company associationLeather industries
Order of precedence25th
Master of companyThe Princess Royal
Saddlers Hall, Gutter Lane

The Worshipful Company of Saddlers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. A Guild of Saddlers, the Company's predecessor, is thought to have been an Anglo-Saxon Craft Guild – it certainly existed at some point in the eleventh century. The Guild became a Company when a Royal Charter of Incorporation was granted by King Edward III in 1363. The City granted the Company the right to regulate the trade of saddle-making; all saddlers in and within two miles of the City were subject to the Company's regulations. However, the powers of the Company, which has existed on the same site at Cheapside (formerly West Chepe) since 1160, were eroded over time.

Nowadays the Company retains strong affiliations with the saddlery trade, sponsoring the Society of Master Saddlers and giving prizes for deserving young riders at equestrian events. The Company is an institution which is charitable rather than a charitable institution and it supports many good causes and sponsors scholarships at Alleyn's School, has strong links with the Household Cavalry and the King's Troop R.H.A. as well as with other regiments and Livery Companies traditionally involved with leather or horses.

The Company ranks twenty-fifth in the order of precedence of Livery Companies (as settled in 1515 on the Companies' economic or political power at that time). Unusually, the Saddlers Company has two mottoes: Hold Fast, Sit Sure and Our Trust Is In God. The coat of arms seen on the entrance of Saddlers' Hall, showcasing a parlfrey, two horses, a bascinet and the moto, is continued to be used in the Company's communications.[1]

In addition to admitting members as Freeman and Liveryman, the Saddlers' Company has the unique privilege of granting Yeoman status. Its notable Yeomen include The Princess Royal,[2] Peter Walwyn (Chairman of the Lambourn Trainers Association),[3] and Richard Meade.[4]


  1. ^ "The Worshipful Company of Saddlers - Strategy, Branding and Website". studionoel.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "The Royal Family > the Princess Royal > Charities and patronages". Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Peter Walwyn – Chairman of the LTA | Lambourn Trainers Association". Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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