Grant of Livery
To ALL AND SINGULAR that shall hear or see these presents We Robin Danvers Penrose Gillett Baronet Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire holder of the Reserve Decoration Lord Mayor and the Aldermen of the City of London send greeting WHEREAS on the twenty-first day of November in the twenty-first year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second the Court of Mayor and Aldermen did grant ratify and confirm unto the good men of the Company of Builders’ Merchants that they be a City Company without grant of Livery and did order that the Chamberlain of London admit their freemen to the Freedom of the City and enrol their apprentices in accordance with the Custom of London BE IT KNOWN that on the seventeenth day of May in the twenty-sixth year of the Reign of our said Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second a Petition of the good men of the COMPANY OF BUILDERS’ MERCHANTS was read in the Court of Mayor and Aldermen before the said Robin Danvers Penrose Gillett Baronet Lord Mayor in the Inner Chamber of the Guildhall Praying that the said Lord Mayor and Aldermen might constitute their Company a Livery Company of the City of London in such manner as to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen might seem fitting And that the said Court did refer the said Petition to the Worshipful the Committee of the Whole Court of Aldermen for General Purposes to consider and report thereon Which Committee did consider with the counsel of certain of its Officers the objects constitutions and ordinances of the said Company AND FORASMUCH as the good men of the said Company did approve certain constitutions and ordinances for the future regulation of their Company as a Livery Company in conformity with the Law and Custom of the City of London which constitutions and ordinances were considered approved and accepted by the Worshipful the Committee of the Whole Court for General Purposes on the thirtieth day of June in the said year the said Committee on the nineteenth day of July following did Report to the Court of Mayor and Aldermen and did recommend that the Prayer of the Petition be complied with on condition THAT the number of the Livery shall not exceed 250 THAT the Fine for admission to the Livery shall be lOO pounds and THAT no person shall be admitted to the Livery unless he first produce the copy of his freedom of the City of London Which Report was well liked and approved by the said Court of Mayor and Aldermen THERE UPON the Lord Mayor and Aldermen on the said nineteenth day of July in the said year did Grant Confirm and Ratify unto the good men of the Company of Builders’ Merchants that they be a Livery Company of the City of London by the name of the WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF BUILDERS’ MERCHANTS and subject to the aforesaid constitutions and ordinances and did Order that the Constitutions and Ordinances of the said Company be enrolled among the records of the Court and that the Grant of Livery be embodied in Letters Patent under the Mayoralty Seal.
GIVEN under the Seal of our Office of Mayoralty of the City aforesaid the Seventh day of the month of November in the twenty-sixth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second.
E. W. Ellis
Clerk of the Seal