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Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
Arms GoldsmithsCompany.svg
Arms of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths: Quarterly gules and azure, in the first and fourth quarters a leopard's face or in the second and third quarters a covered cup and in chief two round buckles the tongues fesse-wise, points to the dexter all of the third. The Company's hallmark for gold is a leopard's face ducally crowned.
MottoJustitia Virtutum Regina
LocationGoldsmiths' Hall,
London, England, United Kingdom
Date of formation1327; 693 years ago (1327)
Company associationGold and silversmithing
Order of precedence5th
The third and present Goldsmiths' Hall in the second half of the 19th century

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London. The company's headquarters are at Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London.[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. Its motto is Justitia Virtutum Regina, Latin for Justice is Queen of Virtues.


Frontage of Goldsmiths' Hall

The Company was first established as a medieval guild for the goldsmith trade. The word hallmarking derives from the fact that precious metals were officially inspected and marked at Goldsmiths' Hall.

Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths' Alms Houses, Acton

In 1812, twenty almshouses were built on the former Perryn estate in Acton, on open land west of London. The almshouses were built on land which had been left to the Company by John Perryn in 1657.[2]

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

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

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

List of Prime Wardens

The current Prime Warden is Richard Fox, who took over the role from Timothy Schroder in May 2020.[3]

Goldsmiths' Centre

Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell

In 2012 the Goldsmiths’ Centre, a space for workshops, exhibitions and events, and education including apprentice training, opened in Clerkenwell.[1][5]

Current Activities

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.[6] It also announced a contribution of £250,000 to Westminster Abbey for their Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries, due to open in 2018.[7]

The Goldsmiths’ Company supports two large educational initiatives, providing funding for a science initiative in primary schools created by Imperial College London[8] and the National Theatre’s streaming programme for Primary Schools.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b Engel, Matthew (21 December 2012). "British institutions: livery companies". Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  2. ^ Official history Retrieved 18 June 2018
  3. ^ Company, The Goldsmiths' (21 May 2020). "Latest News from The Goldsmiths' Company". The Goldsmiths' Company. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  4. ^ Per inscription on his monument in Derby Cathedral, see File:24.9.16 2 Derby Cathdral 11 (29289244003).jpg
  5. ^ "Goldsmiths' Centre". Goldsmiths’ Centre. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Museum of London strikes gold with £10m donation and loan of treasures". The Evening Standard. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  7. ^ "The Goldsmiths' Company Makes A Major Contribution To Westminster Abbey". Church and Heritage Building. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Imperial and Tigtag launch new resource to boost primary science". Imperial College London. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Sir Lenny Henry launches On Demand in Schools Primary". 4 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2017.

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