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Swan upping is the traditional means by which the Mute swans on the Thames are apportioned among three proprietors; this is because ownership of swans on the Thames is shared equally between The Crown, the Vintners’ Company and the Dyers’ Company. [All three are seen surrounding the swans in these pictures - Vintners' red flags; Dyers' blue flags & Royal Insignia]   Its main purposes today are to conduct a census of swans on the Thames and specifically to count and allocate the apportioned... Read More

Haberdasher Past Master Michael Jeans MBE was nominated by the Company for the Lord Mayor's COVID-19 Livery Award for his outstanding work raising money for St Mary's Paddington during the pandemic.

Please see the original story here. The money raised, including Gift Aid, is now around £35,000. Many congratulations Michael - extremely well-deserved!


Michael receiving his award from Lord Mayor William Russell, Liveryman, at the presentation at Mansion House on 19th July

Michael... Read More

The portrait of Eliza Hayley, attributed to George Romney, hangs in the Luncheon Room at Haberdashers' Hall.

But who really painted this haunting portrait? And what do we know about the woman it portrays? Lisa Gee discusses Eliza Hayley and her portrait with Lucy Bamford, Senior Curator, Derby Museums and Art Gallery, Dr David Bartle, Company Archivist, Conservator-Restorer Simon Gillespie and Art Historian Alex Kidson, author of George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings (Yale University Press).

Eliza's letters read by Dora Gee.... Read More


The Haberdashers’ Company is very sorry to announce the sad death of Past Master George Pulman QC. George died suddenly on the 15th of January from a heart attack, at home with his wife Penny.

Having entered our Company as an Apprentice to Penny’s father, George embraced the Haberdashers and took the time to get to know everyone. He went out of his way to bring a new guest to every event, had many Apprentices, and is directly responsible for dozens of Liverymen and Freemen joining our Company. His wedding... Read More

The Music Department at The Haberdashers' Aske's School for Boys has made this stunning recording to celebrate the election of Habs Old Boy Daniel Hochberg as Master. Daniel was Head Boy at the school, where he played the harpsichord, piano and organ, and subsequently became Chairman of the Board of Governors. Many congratulations, Daniel, and many, many thanks to all involved at the school.


On 19th November 2020 the Company’s new Master and Wardens were elected for the forthcoming year.

They are:

  The Master Daniel Hochberg

Daniel became a Haberdasher fifty years ago in February 1970 when he passed the entrance exam for the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree.  His parents were both schoolteachers. He greatly enjoyed his school career, which gave him opportunities to learn to play the organ and to get involved in debating... Read More


The Framework Knitters' Company is holding a Charity Blanket Auction from 9th to 22nd November. Their ‘Knit for Community’ initiative began as a result of lockdown earlier this year.   The response from over 400 volunteers across the UK has been fantastic, including residents of almshouses in Leicester and members or friends of 32 Livery Companies.  Over 12,000 squares have been donated and to date over 130 blankets and 30 lap blankets have been completed.   Charities in Leicester, Nottingham, Calderdale, Watford and London will benefit from this project and the Knitters have... Read More

This month sees the 80th anniversary of the destruction of Haberdashers' Hall during an air raid on the City of London: 29th December 1940.


Thankfully nobody was hurt, but it’s a sad story - the Hall had been standing on the corner of Staining Lane and Maiden Lane (now Gresham St) since 1667, after the first Hall burnt down in the Great Fire of London of 1666. Our Archivist Dr Bartle has unearthed the Acting Beadle’s report to the Court from our Archive. His words speak for themselves:... Read More

On Thursday 29th October, Professor Tracey Hill, author of Pageantry & Power, will be live-tweeting the pageant book of the 1620 mayoral show.

Her tweets will be accompanied by clips from the Map of Early Modern London to illustrate the route, with photos and videos of the various stages where pageantry was presented on the day. An actor will be reading the speeches. 

The Lord Mayor, Haberdasher Francis Jones, was something of a disreputable figure who found himself in financial trouble during his term of office and was sadly forced to flee the City... Read More

The Queen has appointed a Haberdasher Liveryman Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in this year's Birthday Honours.  


Vice-Admiral Sir Anthony Johnstone Burt KCVO CB OBE, Liveryman, has been Master of the Household since 2013, after a long and distinguished naval career. After joining the Royal Navy in 1977, he was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1982, having served on HMS Active during the Falklands War.

In 1983 he qualified as a... Read More