Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

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Worshipful Company of GoldsmithsWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_table_caption_0
MottoWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_header_cell_0_0_0 Justitia Virtutum ReginaWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_cell_0_0_1
LocationWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_header_cell_0_1_0 Goldsmiths' Hall,
London, England, United KingdomWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_cell_0_1_1
Date of formationWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_header_cell_0_2_0 1327; 693 years ago (1327)Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_cell_0_2_1
Company associationWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_header_cell_0_3_0 Gold and silversmithingWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_cell_0_3_1
Order of precedenceWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_header_cell_0_4_0 5thWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_cell_0_4_1
WebsiteWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_header_cell_0_5_0 Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_cell_0_5_1

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_0

The company's headquarters are at Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_1

The Company, which originates from the twelfth century, received a Royal Charter in 1327 and ranks fifth in the order of precedence of City Livery Companies. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_2

Its motto is Justitia Virtutum Regina, Latin for Justice is Queen of Virtues. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_3

History Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_section_0

The Company was first established as a medieval guild for the goldsmith trade. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_4

The word hallmarking derives from the fact that precious metals were officially inspected and marked at Goldsmiths' Hall. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_5

In 1812, twenty almshouses were built on the former Perryn estate in Acton, on open land west of London. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_6

The almshouses were built on land which had been left to the Company by John Perryn in 1657. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_7

In 1891, the Goldsmiths' Company founded the Goldsmiths' Technical and Recreative Institute, which went on to become Goldsmiths, University of London. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_8

Today, the Company is one of the few Livery Companies still to play a formal role in its ancient trade. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_9

The Goldsmiths' Company oversees The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office, where objects made of precious metals are tested for purity, and then marked with an official symbol should they pass the necessary tests. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_10

At the Trial of the Pyx, the Goldsmiths' Company is also responsible for checking the validity of British coinage. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_11

List of Prime Wardens Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_section_1

The current Prime Warden is Richard Fox, who took over the role from Timothy Schroder in May 2020. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_12

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  • Richard Croshawe (d.1636)Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_0
  • 2004 Bryan ToyeWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_1
  • 2008 Grant MacdonaldWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_2
  • 2012 Hector MillerWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_3
  • 2013 Richard AgutterWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_4
  • 2014 William ParenteWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_5
  • 2015 Dr Timothy SchroderWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_6
  • 2016 Michael WainwrightWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_7
  • 2017 Judith Cobham-LoweWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_8
  • 2018 Michael PrideauxWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_9
  • 2019 Dr Timothy SchroderWorshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_10
  • 2020 Richard Fox (693rd)Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_item_0_11

Goldsmiths' Centre Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_section_2

In 2012 the Goldsmiths’ Centre, a space for workshops, exhibitions and events, and education including apprentice training, opened in Clerkenwell. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_13

Current activities Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_section_3

In July 2017, the Goldsmiths' Company announced it was to become a founding partner of the new Museum of London, donating £10million to the new site. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_14

It also announced a contribution of £250,000 to Westminster Abbey for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries, due to open in 2018. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_15

The Goldsmiths’ Company supports two large educational initiatives, providing funding for a science initiative in primary schools created by Imperial College London and the National Theatre’s streaming programme for Primary Schools. Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_sentence_16

See also Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths_section_4

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