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Ede & Ravenscroft

The company's Chancery Lane building's window on Star Yard, close to the Royal Courts of Justice (note the judicial clothing)

Ede & Ravenscroft are the oldest tailors in London, established in 1689. They have three London premises, in Gracechurch Street, Chancery Lane and Burlington Gardens, very close to the famous Savile Row. They make, sell and hire out legal gowns and wigs, clerical dress, civic and municipal robes, academic dress and other ceremonial and formal dress, and have shops in Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

The main (and historic) outlet and offices are at 93 Chancery Lane which, due to its proximity to the Inns of Court and the country's main civil and criminal law courts, is also the company's main outlet for legal dress.


The Royal Warrants currently held by the company; those shown being displayed at their Burlington Gardens shop

The company was founded in 1689 by William and Martha Shudall. The present name dates from 1902 and is a result of the inheriting of the business by Joseph Ede and then merging with wig-maker Ravenscroft.[1]

The company holds royal warrants as "Purveyors to the British Royal Family". The company has warrants as robemakers to Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, and previously the Queen Mother. As the Queen Mother's warrants expired five years after her death in 2002, Ede & Ravenscroft currently hold three warrants.

In addition to clothing and robes, Ede & Ravenscroft often supply photography at ceremonial events such as graduations and as tailor to the Bullingdon Club at the University of Oxford.


  1. ^ The Times 4 June 2011 (Magazine p 63)

Further reading

  • Campbell, Una (1989). Robes of the Realm: 300 Years of Ceremonial Dress. Ede and Ravenscroft. ISBN 0948397616.
  • Woodcock, Thomas (2003). Legal Habits: a Brief Sartorial History of Wig, Robe, and Gown. Good Books. ISBN 0946555567.

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