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Christmas Court Luncheon
January 2017, City of London

Poulters Company - Christmas Court Luncheon, Jan 2017

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Michaelmas Court Luncheon
September 2015

Poulters Company - Michaemas Court Luncheon, September 2015

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Midsummer Court Luncheon
June 2014, Armourers' Hall, London

Poulters Company - Midsummer Court Luncheon, June 2014

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Nepton Dinner
May 2014, Armourers' Hall, London

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Ash Wednesday Election Court Luncheon
March 2014, Armourers' Hall, London

Poulters Company - Ash Wednesday Election Court & Luncheon, March 2014

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Court & Livery Dinner
November 2013, The Crypt, Guildhall, City of London

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Nepton Dinner
June 2013, Armourers' Hall, London

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Court & Livery Dinner
November 2012, Carpenters' Hall, London

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Court & Livery Ladies Dinner
November 2011, Saddlers' Hall, London

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Nepton Dinner
June 2011, Armourers' Hall, London

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The Tradition of the Nepton Distribution and Dinner

“. . . .to the Master, Wardens and Commonality of the Company of Poulters and their successors for ever in trust:

To pay £40 per annum to the poor people of Barking in the County of Essex ‘as shall be the most industrious and do not receive Alms or reliefe of the said Parish’

In trust also that the Master, Wardens and Commonality of Poulters should lay out £40 in the purchase of a Silver Cup for the use of the Company for ever, whereon should be engraven ‘The Gift of Thomas and Ann Nepton, January 26th 1728.

In each year on the said day the Master and Wardens were required to expend .... the sum of £3 in an entertainment, to which they could invite such other persons, Freemen of the Company, as they should think fit and at which they were to drink out of the said Cup to the memory of Thomas and Ann Nepton”.

Extract from ‘The Worshipful Company of Poulters of the City of London’
By P E Jones OBE

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ORIGINS

Although trade associations no doubt existed among the freemen and citizens in the City of London from before the Norman Conquest, it was the attempts of the City authorities to regulate the sale of poultry and particularly to enforce price rates that led to the creation of the early Guild.

When King Edward I arrived in London in August 1274 he imposed strict rules through the Mayor to assure the supply and price of 22 species of poultry and it is known that in response the Poulters were meeting together by 1299 to appoint wardens for the protection and supervision of their trade. Within a further 20 years, the Poulters had become so well organised that they refused to accept the stipulated prices and closed their shops. Committal to prison failed to intimidate them and the authorities were forced to release them so that the population might be served and to accept that all victuallers should sell their wares at reasonable prices. The continuing robust defence of their trade by the Poulters incurred the displeasure from time to time of the Mayor and Aldermen and resulted in various demotions but the Company still managed to gain the position of thirty fourth in the order of preference in the list of livery companies, which position it has held for over four hundred years.

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THE ARMS OF THE COMPANY OF POULTERS

The arms of the Company are first mentioned in 1587, but were not recorded at the College of Heralds until 1634 when the following description was recorded:
Argent on a chevron azure between three storks proper, as many swans argent.
Crest — on a mural coronet gules a stork with wings expanded proper.
Supporters — Two pelicans or, with wings addorsed, vulning their breasts gules.

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