John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Ten random things: June 22

Ten Livery Companies and their rank in the order of precedence:

  1. The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights (68th in order of preference)
  2. The Worshipful Company of Upholders (49th in order of preference)
  3. The Worshipful Company of International Bankers (106th in order of preference)
  4. The Worshipful Company of Glovers (62nd in order of preference)
  5. The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers (15th in order of preference)
  6. The Worshipful Company of Saddlers (25th in order of preference)
  7. The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (60th in order of preference)
  8. The Worshipful Company of Musicians (50th in order of preference)
  9. The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors (85th in order of preference)
  10. The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners (97th in order of preference)

The City of London is home to 108 trade associations known as Livery Companies. Back in the day, they were had broad regulatory authority over their respective industries; they set wages and working conditions, trained apprentices, controlled imports, and performed quality control inspections. Nowadays they mostly exist as social clubs and charitable foundations, but a few still play a role in their industries, such as the Worshipful Company of Scriveners, which sets the standards and qualifications for notaries public. The order of precedence ranking represents the order in which the Livery Companies were chartered, but aside from bragging rights I have no clue why anyone bothers to keep track of it.

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