The Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors is one of the 110 livery companies of the City of London. Originally known as the Guild and Fraternity of St. John the Baptist in the City of London, was founded prior to 1300. The Company was an association of tailors but by the end of the 17th century it became a philanthropic and social association. They now sponsor and organize the “Golden Shears” competition for aspiring young tailors. Its seat is the Merchant Taylors’ Hall between Threadneedle Street and Cornhill (Financial center of London), a site it has occupied since at least 1347.
The livery companies of the City of London stem from London’s ancient and modern trade associations and guilds. London’s medieval guilds evolved into corporations responsible for training and trade regulation. During the Middle Ages livery companies had close ties with the Church of Rome (prior to the Protestant Reformation). Most livery companies retain their historical religious associations, now members are free to follow any faith or none.
The reason for the camels on coat of arms, or crest, over the door is because St John the Baptist, the Company’s Patron Saint, wore a garment of camel hair.
Created for Norm’s Thursday Doors February 18