Traditionally, young people were apprenticed to a Weaver who, when satisfied that they were competent to practice their trade, made them Freemen. As they became more senior in the Company, they became Liverymen – in other words, they were allowed to wear the Livery of the Company on important occasions. The Weavers’ Company today remains proud of both its historic and current links with the Weaving industry, with approximately half of our membership today connected with the Textile Industry in the fields of design, manufacturing or education.
The Company is one of the smaller of the City Livery Companies, with membership of the Livery standing at 125. The membership numbers within the Freedom and Apprenticeship are even smaller and remain fluid. Fraternity remains important to the Company and all members are encouraged to attend events and also to support the Company’s various activities.