The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

Turning History

One of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London, the Turners’ Company was already a guild in the 12th Century. Some 200 years later, Edward III decreed that ‘wooden measures, as well for wine as for ale’ should be made only by ‘turnours’ with marks of their own – and the medieval turners established the English ‘pint’ as an official measure. In 1604 the Company received its Royal Charter from James I. To this day the Company continues to celebrate and support the ‘art or mysterie’ of turning.

Read articles about the History of Turning.

Notable members of the Turners’ Company

Use this link for articles by/about Masters of the Turners’ Company.


Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts – Liveryman and Victorian Benefactor

Paul Ferguson, Liveryman, awarded MBE

Reg Hawthorne, Liveryman and Master in Turning

Ray Key, Liveryman and Master in Turning, receives BEM

Stuart King, Liveryman, awarded the Company’s Gold Medal

Stuart Mortimer, Liveryman and Master in Turning

Joey Richardson, Liveryman, wins QEST Award

Vanessa Swann, Freeman, awarded MBE

John Tweedie-Smith – Father of the Company (2017)

Dame Fiona Woolf, Liveryman and Lord Mayor (2013-14)

Richard Gardner Williams

Richard Gardner Williams was admitted to the Freedom and Livery of the Worshipful Company of Turners by Redemption on 16th January 1913. He was a generous benefactor and his legacy lives on in the Company today.

Read sentiments from the annual Richard Gardner Williams Banquets, and articles about Richard Gardner Williams.



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