The Worshipful Company of Turners

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



Turning Competitions 2016

The rules have been announced for the Company's 2016 competitions to be held on 11th October at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London. Also supporting junior turners in schools and colleges, it is the largest of its kind in Europe with entries from the UK and abroad.


City of London Corporation Livery Briefing

From the Chairman of the Livery Committee, herewith the February 2016 edition of the Livery Briefing, where you can find details and links to a host of livery related information.

1st Place winner Andrew Neill, Renter Warden The Worshipful Company of Turners, receiving the winner’s salver from Anthony Komedera, Junior Warden The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, and Ailsa Bosworth MBE, Chief Executive the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

Junior and Renter Wardens’ Evening of Cards

Held at Vintner’s Hall, in partnership between the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), this was a night of 'Swedish Pursuit'. Playing two rounds of six hands with a hotly contested final, saw our Renter Warden, Andrew Neill, triumph as the overall winner.


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Dutch turner and artist Maria Van Kesteren exhibits at the Marsden Woo Gallery

Van Kesteren trained with the woodturner Henk van Trierum in Utrecht in the late fifties. Examples of her work can be found in several major public collections including; the Victoria and Albert Museum. This joint exhibition with Robert Marsden is at the Marsden Woo Gallery until 14 May.

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Members only event

Election Court and Dinner

The next meeting of the Court of Assistants will take place on Ascension Day, Thursday 5th May 2016 commencing at 5.00pm. It will incorporate the Election Court which will be followed by the traditional Election Court Dinner in Apothecaries' Hall.


Wizardry in Wood 2016

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.

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.

Nick Edwards, Renter Warden

The Master’s Letter

It is with a sense of awe that I took on the Mastership of our illustrious Company on 14th May 2015. Awe not just for the honour but also at the historical context of the Turners’ Company. It is over 400 years since we had a royal charter conferred on us but the record shows we had been in existence for at least the same period prior to 1604.

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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Marriages are made in Bond Street, by Penrose Halson

In April 1939 Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, aged 24, opened the first ever Marriage Bureau in Bond Street. Past Master Penrose Halson uncovers the fascinating true stories from the Bureau in her book, 'Marriages are made in Bond Street, published by Macmillan, and available to buy in shops and online.


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.

Baroness Burdett-Coutts' garden party

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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  • Inter services Cricket

    May 19, 2016

    10:00 am - 6:30 pm

    at Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN, United Kingdom

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