Worshipful Company of Saddlers
The Worshipful Company of Saddlers
is one of the Livery Companies
of the City of London
. The Guild of Saddlers, the Company's predecessor, may have existed in Anglo-Saxon times, but certainly existed at some point in the eleventh century. The Guild became a Company when a Royal Charter
of incorporation was granted in 1395. 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 were eroded over time. They were completely gone by the nineteenth century. Presently, the Company exists primarily as a charitable establishment, as do most other Livery Companies, though it still retains connections with saddlery. Also, it has founded several schools and educational institutions.
The Company ranks twenty-fifth in the order of precedence of Livery Companies. The Company's motto is Hold Fast, Sit Secure.