The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


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Contemporary craft of turning

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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.

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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 which lives on in the Company today.

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