Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
Corio et Arte
The Cordwainers' Coat of Arms
Location: c/o Clothworkers' Hall, Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7AH
Date of formation: 1272
Company association: Leather industries
Order of precedence: 27th
Master of company: Oliver J H Chamberlain QVRM TD DL FRICS
Motto: Corio et Arte
Website: The Cordwainers' Company

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. Cordwainers were workers in fine leather; the Company gets its name from "cordwain" (cordovan), the white leather produced from goatskin in Cordova, Spain. All fine leather makers, including Glovers' and Girdlers', were originally classified as Cordwainers; however, the term eventually came to refer only to fine leather footwear, including boots. Other leather-related Livery Companies, which enjoy close relations with the Cordwainers' include the Curriers', Leathersellers', Saddlers' and Tallow Chandlers'.

The Cordwainers' Company, which received the right to regulate City trade in 1272 (the same year as the Curriers'), received a Royal Charter of incorporation in 1439. The status of the Company as a trade association has lessened over the years; the Company is now, as are most other Livery Companies, a charitable body.

The Company ranks twenty-seventh in the order of precedence of Livery Companies and is the highest ranked one without its own Livery Hall. The Company's motto is Corio et Arte, Latin for Leather and Art.

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