About Us

The Master and Master-Elect and new Members take their Oath of Office at a ceremony immediately prior to the Livery Dinner during the course of the Company’s Charter Weekend celebrations.

The Master’s Court of Assistants Officers take their Oaths at the AGM in Bedern Hall before processing to All Saints’ Church for the Charter Day Service in the company of Masters from London, Richmond (N. Yorks), Glasgow, Dundee, Irvine, Kirkcudbright and York.

The major objectives of the men and women of the Company are:

  1. To promote and encourage knowledge and interest in design, creation, manufacture, repair, distribution and marketing of footwear and industries associated therewith.
  2. To revive and continue to promote interest in the origins, activities, ordinances, objectives and attainments of the original Cordwainers dissolved in 1808 and revived in 1977.
  3. To establish contacts and exchange information with other Companies or Guilds at home and abroad.

Major dates from the Company Calendar are: Second Weekend in May – Inauguration of the new Master and new members followed by the Company Livery Dinner in the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall and Charter Day Service at All Saints Church Pavement the next morning at which the Lord Mayor reads the second lesson.

In November, the Company holds its Martinmas Feast in Bedern Hall. This is predominantly for Company members and their families and friends.

Bedern Hall York Cordwainers & guests