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The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London


The Feltmakers’ Banquet 2017

Our annual Banquet took place in June at Mansion House. The Master’s Principal Guest was Sir David Wootton and the presentation to the designer of the 1st. prizewinning hat at our Design Award was made by Lady Wootton. For more details of this splendid evening, please click here.

The Feltmakers’ Design Award 2017

First Prizewinner

Judging for the annual Feltmakers’ award for the design of a ladies’ hat took place at Haberdashers’ Hall in April.

Second prizewinner

The standard of entry was very high this year. For full details, please click here.

The Spring Livery Dinner at Vintners’ Hall, April 2017

We dined this April in the magnificent Vintners’ Hall. For details of the event, please click here.

The Presentation of the Tricorn Hat to the new Lord Mayor in November 2016

Master Feltmaker Jeremy Brassington presents the hat to new Lord Mayor, Dr. Andrew Parmley

Master Feltmaker Jeremy Brassington presents the hat to new Lord Mayor, Dr. Andrew Parmley

Following tradition, the new Lord Mayor is presented with his official tricorn hat by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London at a ceremony at Mansion House, only a few days before the Lord Mayor’s Show.

The Master with his wife, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and the Feltmakers' Wardens

The Master with his wife, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and  Feltmakers’ Wardens

Installation Dinner 2016

Master Jeremy Brassington flanked by our five new Liverymen

Master Jeremy Brassington flanked by our five new Liverymen

As tradition dictates, our new Master is installed for his year in office at the Court meeting which is followed by our Installation Dinner held at Haberdashers’ Hall. So we say thank you to, now, Past Master Peter Simeons and welcome our new Master, Jeremy Brassington. We also welcome our new fourth Warden, Lady Gilly Yarrow, and the five new Liverymen who joined the Livery at that same Court meeting. For full details, please click here.

 

Feltmakers Visit to The Somme 2016

Mametz Wood memorial

Mametz Wood memorial

In July 2016, the 100th. anniversary of the First World War Battle of the Somme, a party of Feltmakers visited the battle site to pay tribute. Past Master Captain Peter Cobb, OBE, RN, laid a wreath on behalf of the Feltmakers at the memorial to the 38th Welsh Division who lost 4,500 men taking Mametz Wood.

The Cemetery at Flat Iron Copse – Mametz Wood

The Cemetery at Flat Iron Copse – Mametz Wood

 



The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London

The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers is today the Livery Company of the hatters.

The first reference to Feltmakers is in London in 1180.  In 1269 the Cappers became officially established.  Hurers made shaggy caps and in 1311 the Hatters were active.  The Hurers and Cappers amalgamated with the Hatters and then merged with the powerful Haberdashers in 1502.  Many feltmakers were already members of the Haberdashers and, as the Haberdashers controlled the retail outlets and the raw materials, this unification seemed sensible.

Contemporary sketch map showing the site of the original Feltmakers’ Hall, which was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666

In 1583 the Feltmakers petitioned Queen Elizabeth I for their own Charter but it was not granted until 1604, when King James I came to the throne.  In 1667, King Charles II granted an expanded Charter extending their powers.The Company was granted Livery in 1733, number 63 in order of precedence.

In 1870-74 many famous politicians joined the Feltmakers.  Between them four had been Chancellor, two First Lord of the Admiralty, two President of the Board of trade and two Foreign Secretaries.

The hatting trade flourished in the early part of the 20th. century.  Twenty-seven Mayors were elected in 1914-18.  In 1927 there were 9 Knights on the Feltmakers’ Court.  During the second half of the 20th. century, the trade declined.  There are now some 170 Feltmakers drawn from the higher ranks of many professions, businesses and trades as well as the hatting industry.  The Feltmakers have produced two Lord Mayors and are flourishing again.

Read more about us on our History page………

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