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Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters

The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. It was incorporated by Oliver Cromwell in 1657 (reissued as a Royal Charter in 1663)[1] and was granted livery status in 1713. Unlike many other companies, the Framework Knitters' Company has retained close connections to its original trade, most members of the company being involved with the craft. The company does not, however, function only as a trade association of knitters, also supporting various charities.

The Framework Knitters' Company ranks sixty-fourth in the order of precedence for Livery Companies. Its motto is Speed, Strength and Truth United.


  1. ^ Dobb (1975), p. 146.

Further reading

  • Dobb, Maurice (1975). Studies in the Development of Capitalism. Routledge & Kegan Paul. ISBN 978-0-7100-4635-2.
  • Epstein, S. R.; Prak, Maarten (2008). Guilds, Innovation and the European Economy, 1400–1800. Cambridge University Press. p. 305. ISBN 978-1-139-47107-7.
  • Funston, James (1901), The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters: a short story of the company and its work from 1840 to the present time, The Company
  • Mason, Sheila A. (2000). The History of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters: The Art and Mystery of Framework Knitting in England and Wales. Oadby: Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. ISBN 978-0-9538998-0-7.

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