There are now 110 livery companies of the City of London (and a couple of companies without Livery status) covering an extraordinary number of crafts and trades. Some no longer have much connection with their historic bases. Seventy-six are old companies, while those founded after 1926 are listed as Modern Companies. The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects falls into the latter group, achieving Livery status just four years after it was founded in 1988.

This history reflects the first thirty or so years of the Company’s existence, charting its growth from an initial meeting in the Guildhall offices of the City Planning Officer to the point of achieving its Royal Charter and standing on the verge of taking up occupation of Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar, which originally stood at the western entrance to the City straddling Fleet Street.

Firmness, Commodity and Delight is the story of a modern company representing an ancient profession and promoting that profession within the Square Mile to the world at large.

Price: £35 incl. P & P

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