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.
Dogs for good “pupdate” March 2023
Liveryman Graham Ellis embarked upon a 500-mile bike ride, ‘the Tour des Wheelwrights’ back in August 2021, starting in Warkworth in Northumberland and ending at Heathfield in Sussex, stopping at wheelwright’s workshops on the way. The ride raised £14,795 for the...
Epiphany Court Meeting Leathersellers Hall 14th February 2023
On the 14th February 2023 our Epiphany Court meeting and benefactors lunch took place at Leathersellers Hall. The new Leathersellers Hall was completed in 2016 and is a fascinating modern building that still retains a number of features from earlier halls. A...
Inter Livery Skiing 2023 Morzine
The annual Inter livery skiing competition took place in Morzine, France between25th - 27th January 2023. Seven of us made it to Morzine: The Master Nigel Biggs, Sarah Biggs, Louisa Born, Chris Ball, Stephen Callow, James Tucker and Oliver Ball. We took part in 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.