Welcome to the website of the Worshipful Company of Curriers, one of the 108 Livery Companies of the City of London. The ‘Art & Mystery‘ of the Currier is as old as history. The craft is described in Homer and the first recorded mention of currying in England dates from 1276. The Livery Companies of the City of London started as Craft Guilds, originally for social, welfare and religious purposes with their members. However, this role soon expanded to include training, standards, practices, qualifications and promotion of their trades.
The Worshipful Company of Curriers is number 29 in the order of seniority of City of London Livery Companies. Today, the Company is no longer a craft guild supervising and regulating a specific business activity, but has developed in to a modern fellowship supporting the United Kingdom’s leather industry by every practical means, from bursaries and scholarships to promoting excellence in design, fashion and production. The Company also continues to support the Mayoralty and the work of the City of London Corporation. It also supports education and charity in the London area.
The majority of the leather worked in the United Kingdom today is dressed and prepared overseas. However, modern-day currying continues to a limited extent in a number of centres of expertise around the country, particularly in the Midlands and Northamptonshire.
This site contains information about the history of the Currier’s craft and the organisation and the current work of the Curriers’ Company.
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