Worshipful Company of Dyers

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Worshipful Company of Dyers
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The current hall, designed by Charles Dyer in 1839-40, at 11-13 Dowgate Hill
MottoDa Gloriam Deo
Latin for Give Glory to God
LocationDyers' Hall, Dowgate Hill, City of London
Date of formation12th-century guild
1471 royal charter
Company associationDyeing
Order of precedence13th

The Worshipful Company of Dyers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Dyers' Guild existed in the twelfth century; it received a Royal Charter in 1471. It originated as a trade association for members of the dyeing industry but is now mainly a charitable institution. Each year the company participates in the ceremony of Swan Upping along the River Thames.

The Dyers' Company ranks thirteenth in the order of precedence of Livery Companies. The company's motto is Da Gloriam Deo, Latin for "Give Glory to God".

Current activities[edit]

Dyers' Company flag during Swan Upping

The activities of the company are focused on the development of dyeing techniques and the support of various charitable causes.[1] The Dyers' are associated with several organisations, including the Society of Dyers and Colourists, the University of Leeds and Heriot Watt University. The company also maintains the Dyers Almshouses, a group of 28 almshouses built between 1939 and 1971, in the Northgate area of Crawley, West Sussex.[2] In education, the Company is associated with several schools including Archbishop Tenison's Church of England School, Lambeth, Boucher School, Norwich School and St Saviour's and St Olave's Church of England School.[3]

Dyers' Hall[edit]

The hall of the Dyers was originally located west of London Bridge, but was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. The current hall, designed by Charles Dyer and constructed in 1839-40, is at 11-13 Dowgate Hill in the City of London.[4]

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon for the coat of arms is: Sable a chevron engrailed argent between three bags of madder of the last, corded Or. Crest, three sprigs of the graintree erect Vert, fructed Gules. Supporters, two leopards rampant guardant Argent spotted with various colours, fire issuing from their ears and mouths Proper, both ducally crowned Or.



  1. ^ "Home". The Worshipful Company of Dyers. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Conservation Area Statement: Dyers Company Almshouses Conservation Area" (PDF). Crawley Borough Council. December 1998. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Schools". The Worshipful Company of Dyers. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  4. ^ Henry Benjamin Wheatley; Peter Cunningham (2011). London Past and Present: Its History, Associations, and Traditions. 1. Cambridge University Press. p. 544. ISBN 978-1-108-02806-6.

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Coordinates: 51°30′39″N 0°05′28″W / 51.51096°N 0.09121°W / 51.51096; -0.09121