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Worshipful Company of Broderers

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The Worshipful Company of Broderers is one of the livery companies of the City of London. Broderers were workers in embroidery; the organization of Broderers existed in at least 1376, and was officially incorporated by a royal charter in 1561. As the craft of embroidery has lost its importance as a trade, the company has become less of a trade association for broderers. Instead, the company is now, as are most livery companies, a charitable foundation.

The company is the forty-eighth in the order of precedence for livery companies. Its motto is Omnia Desuper, Latin for All From Above.

The livery hall of the Broderers, Broderers' Hall, stood on Gutter Lane from 1515 until its destruction in the London blitz.[1] The Broderers now dine in Mercers' Hall.[2]


Coat of arms of Worshipful Company of Broderers
On a wreath argent and gules, A hurt radiated Or and charged with a St. Esprit displayed argent, beaked and membered gules. Mantled gules, doubled argent.
Paly of six argent and azure, on a fesse gules between three lions passant guardant Or, armed and langued gules, two broaches in saltire between as many quills of the third.
On either side a lion rampant Or gutty de sang.
Omnia desuper.[3]


  1. ^ Derek Sumeray (23 August 2011). London Plaques. Shire Books. ISBN 978-0-7478-1155-8.
  2. ^ John Kennedy Melling (2003). London's Guilds and Liveries. Osprey Publishing. pp. 45–. ISBN 978-0-7478-0559-5.
  3. ^ "Worshipful Company of Broderers". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 5 May 2024.