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.
The Autumn 2022 issue of Hub & Spoke - the Wheelwrights newsletter - has now been published and can be viewed here. It will also be emailed to all members. As well as the regular update from the Master, it includes a spotlight on a working wheelwright (Mike...
Working Wheelwrights Weekend 14th - 16th October 2022. Another fantastic working wheelwrights weekend spent at Colyton making wheels ! This is an annual visit that we make and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Many thanks to Greg and family plus Paul...
On 25th September 2022, the annual livery craft fair was held at The Monument as well as the sheep drive on London Bridge, Opened by Kate Humble. The Wheelwrights' stand was manned by liverymen and no less than 5 Wheelwrights: Douglas Andrews, Tom Carroll, Tim...
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.