The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights is one of the 110 Livery Companies of the City of London.
Incorporated by Royal Charter in 1670 the original purpose of the company was to regulate the manufacture and quality of handmade wooden wheels (the Ancient Craft of Wheelwrighting).
Today the Company is primarily a philanthropic and social organization, with a particular emphasis on providing backing for wheeled mobility and education, as well as supporting the Lord Mayor and the City of London Corporation.
In addition to supporting the Ancient Craft of wheelwrighting, the Company has strong links with the modern wheel and tyre industry, and other mobility-related activities.
The Wheelwrights’ philanthropic activities are focussed on the general themes of education, mobility, and the City of London.
An example of the charitable work is the funding for Melanie Woods to help her compete in wheelchair racing at a high level. With support from the National Tyre Distributors Association, the Wheelwrights Fund 2020 was able to help Melanie to acquire the specially customized racing wheelchair she needed.
We were delighted that Melanie was able to participate in the Tokyo Paralympics and achieve a personal best performance.
On October 15th 2021 16 of us travelled to Colyton for our annual Working Wheelwrights weekend hosted by Mike Rowland and Son Wheelwrights. On the way to The Masons Arms Branscombe we again visited The Lyme Bay winery where we enjoyed tasting their wines and hearing...
The Wheelwrights entered the inter-livery sailing regatta for the first time this year and, despite very light winds, we came second overall and won the Sir Robin Gillett Cup for coming first in our class. Thanks to Sharon Foulston for the for the use of her yacht, ...
The Autumn 2021 issue of Hub & Spoke - the Wheelwrights newsletter - has now been published and can be viewed here. As well as the regular update from the Master, it includes a report from the Tour des Wheelwrights charity fund raising event; updates on the...
350 Years of Supporting Mobility
In 2020, the Company celebrated the 350th Anniversary of the signing of its Royal Charter. Whilst many of the celebratory activities were curtailed by the COVID pandemic, we were fortunate to be able to hold a service of celebration at St Pauls Cathedral followed by a dinner in the crypt.
The opportunity was also taken to create this video showcasing the work of the Company, the craft of wheelwrighting, and some of the ways in which Wheelwrights Liverymen are making a contribution to society.