Livery & Membership
The Worshipful Company of Bakers, which can trace its origins back to 1155, comprises around 360 elected Liverymen. Of the City of London Livery Companies, the Bakers has one of the highest proportions of Liverymen with active participation in its respective industry.
The affairs of Bakers’ Company are managed by a Court of Assistants consisting of the Master, four Wardens and elected members who are all Liverymen of the Company. The Court usually meets five times a year and has the power to appoint Committees and Subcommittees for specific purposes. The Company’s Trade Liaison Committee is particularly active in the industry.
Prior to its Royal Charter, the Company was known until Mediaeval days as the ‘FRATERNITY or GUYLDE OF OUR LADY AND ST. CLEMENT’. This association continues as strongly today, not least through the election of the Master, Wardens and Officers of the Company for the ensuing year on the first Monday following St Clement’s Day, 23rd November.
The day to day management of the Company is through the Clerk.
Bakers’ Hall, the home of the Bakers’ Company, is available for lettings and is a popular venue for meetings, dinners, conferences and receptions.
Entry to the Livery is not restricted to those with baking connections however. It commences with election as a Freeman of the Company, following which the applicant applies to the City Corporation for Freedom of the City of London. Once granted, the Freeman then applies for election to the Livery.
The Company welcomes applications for membership from those living and working in the City of London, from those working in the Baking Industry or Allied Trades and from those who wish to see history and tradition maintained.