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.
On Sunday 11th July 2021, thirty Liverymen and their guests visited The British Driving Society’s annual show in Windsor Great Park, where they enjoyed lunch and an amazing display of horse drawn carriages. The Master presented the cup and certificate to the winning...
We enjoyed a great trip to Docklands Go Karting. Although some very competitive streaks were apparent amongst some of our younger drivers, the “young at heart” also demonstrated some finely honed driving skills! After the go karting we enjoyed some re-hydration at the...
The Master was able to attend the first live event of his year in office, which was the Lord Mayor’s Service of Reflection and Hope held at St Paul’s Cathedral on 22nd June. The service was to reflect on those who lost their lives, all those who had suffered and who...
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.