The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


From this section you can download the ‘Master’s Letters and My Year As Master articles for the Masters of the Turners’ Company.

Notable members

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 here, you can read about his legacy which lives on in the Company today.


Obituaries for members of the Turners’ Company are published in The Turner and are available to read in this section.

Craft of turning

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.

Held every four years, these vibrant exhibitions, with the Company’s biennial turning competitions, play a significant role in promoting outstanding woodturning and introducing turners to a wider public. The next show will be held in October 2020 at Carpenters’ Hall, week commencing 12th October.

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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