The Worshipful Company of Turners

Supporting the Craft, City and Charity for over four hundred years

About the Company

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One of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London, the Turners’ Company was already a guild in the 12th Century. To this day the Company continues to celebrate and support the ‘art or mysterie’ of turning.

Wizardry in Wood

Exhibitions and Competitions

Showcasing the best contemporary and traditional turning, the first Wizardry in Wood exhibition was held by the Company in 2004 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of its Royal Charter.

Turned bowl by Matthew Corbishley, bursary award winner 2013

Bursary Awards

The Turners Company is pleased to offer one or more Bursaries worth up to a combined value of £10,000 to assist talented turners to achieve or develop their professional aspirations and to enhance their future career opportunities.


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Recognition for Company Members

We are delighted to announce that Freeman Ray Key, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM), and Assistant Bill O'Leary has been awarded the Queens Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM). Many congratulations to both.


Liveryman Joey Richardson wins QEST award

Many congratulations to Liveryman and Turner Joey Richardson, who has won this years prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Award.

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News of St Bride’s

Latest information in from The Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce, new Rector of St Brides and Chaplain to the Company, on future events from our City church.


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London Bridge Sheep Drive 2015

Freemen of the City of London exercise their ancient right to drive sheep across London Bridge this year on Sunday 27th September.

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Introduction to Green Woodwork Courses in London

For all those with a yearning to get carving, join an Introduction to green woodwork course at Abney Park. The London Green Woodwork Centre is supported by The Turners Company Charitable Trust.

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Members only event

Summer Reception

Our Summer Reception will be held this year on the evening of 21st July in Apothecaries' Hall. This is an opportunity for members to welcome the new Master, Nicholas Edwards, and to meet with friends.



A fisherman’s tale

Turners with even a passing interest in fly fishing can take great pride in the Company’s association with the Ustonson Dynasty: Royal Warrant Holders and suppliers of fishing tackle to three British monarchs, George IV, William IV and Queen Victoria.

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Their romance outraged Queen Victoria: The story of Ashmead Burdett-Coutts and the Baroness

William Lehman Ashmead Bartlett Burdett- Coutts was Master of the Turners’ Company for two years, from May 1888 to May 1890. When only 30, he married the Baroness, who was then 67 years old. Queen Victoria was outraged, calling it the mad marriage.

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Back to the early Bronze Age

In 2011 an early Bronze Age, 4000 years old cist burial chamber was discovered on Dartmoor. Inside were the cremated remains of a female and, almost uniquely for this period, well preserved grave goods including four lathe-turned ear studs.


London Greenwood one day spoon carving course
July 8, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Abney Park Cemetery Trust, South Lodge, Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH, United Kingdom

Turners Golf Day
July 9, 2015
9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Woodcote Park Golf Course, Meadow Hill, Bridle Way, London, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 2QQ, United Kingdom

Court & Summer Reception
July 21, 2015
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Apothecaries Hall

Concert of Agincourt Music
July 21, 2015
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at All Hallows by the Tower Church, Byward St, London EC3R 5BJ, UK

London Greenwood one day spoon carving course
July 22, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Abney Park Cemetery Trust, South Lodge, Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH, United Kingdom

HAC and Royal Yeomanry Concert
July 23, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Guildhall Yard, London EC2V, UK

RPT selection panel
July 27, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

RPT meeting
July 27, 2015
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Finance and Standing Committee
September 9, 2015
11:30 am - 4:00 pm at The Skinners Hall, 8 1/2 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP, United Kingdom

Agincourt 600 Gala Banquet
September 22, 2015
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm at Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH, United Kingdom

Woolmen's Sheep Drive 2015
September 27, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm at London Bridge, London, United Kingdom

Election of Lord Mayor
September 29, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm at Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH, United Kingdom

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