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.
Andrew Paddison was The Master Wheelwrights award winner in 2020 and he has a new film out of his 1000 mile fundraising hand cycle ride around Scotland this summer. Andrew is an inspiration to us all and he has raised many thousands of pounds for good causes. The...
Photographs of recent Wheelwrights events (including the Installation Dinner on 2nd December 2021) are now available in the Members section of the site. The Photographs page can be accessed from the Members Documents menu or at Members Photographs. Additional...
On Monday 8th November The Master of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights laid a wreath at St Pauls. On Sunday 14th November The Master attended the service at St Pauls and took part in he procession of Livery Company Masters to the war memorial at The Royal Exchange.
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.