Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths
The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths
is one of the Livery Companies
of the City of London
. The organisation was recognised as a Company "by prescription," i.e., by established usage of the title for several years, in 1325. A Royal Charter
officially granting it the status of Company was granted in 1571. The Company originally had the right to set regulations and standards for blacksmiths. However, the right eroded over time. By the end of the eighteenth century, little remained of the Company's former powers. Now, the Company exists mainly as a charitable institution.
The Blacksmiths' Company ranks fortieth in the order of precedence
of Livery Companies. Its motto is By Hammer and Hand All Arts Do Stand