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The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters

of England and Wales

www.frameworkknitters.co.uk


Winter Dinner
January 2017, Cutlers' Hall, London

Winter Dinner at Cutlers' Hall - Jan 2017  Winter Dinner at Cutlers' Hall - Jan 2017

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The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters traces its origins to 1589 when William Lee of Calverton in Nottinghamshire invented a method of knitting mechanically. It was incorporated by Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, on 13th June 1657 and was re-incorporated and its privileges extended by Letters Patent of His Majesty King Charles II on 19th August 1663 with the style, “The Master, Wardens, Assistants and Society of the Art or Mystery of Framework Knitters of the Cities of London and Westminster and the Kingdom of England and the Dominion of Wales”.

The Company was incorporated by order of the Court of Aldermen as a Livery Company of the City of London on 9th June 1713, being 64th in order of precedence. A comprehensive history of the Framework Knitters, written by Sheila Mason, a Liveryman of the Company, was published in 2000. It details the Company’s relationship with the craft, the hosiery and knitting industry and its rôle as a City of London Livery Company. Indeed, the Company takes great pride in the fact that it has provided no less than eight Lord Mayors of the City of London.

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