The latest news updates from the Company of Cordwainers.

Our normal colourful procession from Bedern Hall to All Saints, Pavement to celebrate our Charter was, of course, cancelled this year. However, we were pleased that we were allowed five Court members in the church and were also able to invite the Lord Mayor. The Master’s recent hip surgery meant that she couldn’t join us […]

The new Master of the Cordwainers, Mrs Ann Deller, was installed at a Zoom meeting of the Company on 8th May 2021. Like so many other organisations Zoom has become the new normal and restrictions meant that we couldn’t meet in person. The Master was sworn in by the outgoing Master and Clerk, Mrs. Ann […]

Since March 2020 when this country went into the first of three lockdowns, and despite the introduction of the Tier system, the Company has continued to hold Court meetings, via Zoom of course. During the most recent Court meeting in January, the first of 2021, it was agreed that with great regret the Charter Weekend, […]

Congratulations to York College University Centre fashion student Zara Hale, on winning The Company of Cordwainers of the City of York project competition 2020. Zara’s achievement was celebrated via a virtual Zoom call, with representatives from the Company of Cordwainers and her tutors in attendance. The Company of Cordwainers has supported students studying BA (Hons) […]

Master and Master-Elect enjoyed a wonderful luncheon hosted by The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London, held at the Stationers’ Hall near St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

A twenty-year-old York College fashion student has demonstrated that the ancient craft of fine leather-working is alive and well. Georgia Tyssen won the ‘Cordwainers Medal’, awarded each year to a first-year BA fashion student at the college by the Company of Cordwainers of York. Cordwainers were historically workers in fine leathers and the company is one […]

Bishopthorpe Palace Visit

The Company of Cordwainers made two interesting visits this summer. The first was to Bishopthorpe Palace, where 20 Cordwainers enjoyed a private tour to the historic home of the Archbishop of York. Our second visit was to the Castle Museum where, after a guided tour of Kirkgate, we were treated to a viewing of some […]

Pageant Master

Pageant Master, Don Marshall, was presented with an Armed Forces Day Flag by the Lord Mayor. He was one of three Service Veterans awarded the honour this year.  Don received it in recognition of his Army service and his work with the Parachute Regimental Association of York. Congratulations from the Company. Sadly Don Marshall passed […]

The Master with the Lord Mayor and Lord Provost

The Company welcomed the Lord Provost of Aberdeen as the guest speaker at the Livery Dinner in May. The Lord Mayor and the Civic Party were also present at the dinner that followed the installation of the new master Mrs Ann Reid.  We also had guests from the nine London “leathery” Companies and from 3 […]

The Company of Cordwainers 2018 Charter Weekend was a great success. The weekend included the installation of the new Master, Ann Reid MBE; the Livery Dinner – where the Lord Provost of Aberdeen was the guest speaker; and the well-attended Charter Day service which included a long procession from All Saints Church to Bedern Hall.

February Court Dinner

In February the Court Dinner was held at the Grange Hotel.   We were pleased to welcome representatives of The Master’s charity, York Young Carers.   The Master presented them with a cheque for £2000 to help them support this vital work.    

The Kings Book of Heroes

The names of all those York people who lost their lives in the First World War are recorded in the Kings Book of Heroes and have been read out across the City in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.   The Master and Clerk read our portion out at the Railway Memorial on 29th […]

2018 Waggon Plays

The 2018 staging of the York Mystery Plays returned to pageant wagons which promenaded through the city streets in September. The event, presented by the York Festival Trust and Guilds of York, requires the participation of hundreds including the Master and Court members who escorted our waggon to the four stations. The Company of Cordwainers’ […]

Visit to Kilburn

The Master’s first social event during his year of office was a visit to Robert Thompson craftsmen in Kilburn. Robert Thompson was a British furniture maker who was born and lived in Kilburn, North Yorkshire.  There he set up a business manufacturing oak furniture, which featured a carved mouse on almost every piece. This was […]