If you have a collection of glass cases to put objects in, then it makes sense if those objects are occasionally supplied by glass workers.

As part of its rolling programme of displays related to the City of London’s ancient trading guilds, the Guildhall Library is currently hosting a display about the Worshipful Company of Glaziers.

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass obtained its Royal Charter from Charles I in 1638, although references to a ‘Guild of Glaziers’ exist from as early as 1328.

As with most of the City’s guilds, there is plenty of shiny metal on display, but also appropriately, a lot of glass.


One case contains rents — as the rent paid by the Company for its livery hall is a peppercorn rate of one object of crafted glass per year. Some of the glass tokens seem fairly basic, but some are evidently rather more valuable than a mere peppercorn.

Talking of which, a document shows the last time a person paid a peppercorn fine to join the Company, with the small bag containing an actual peppercorn attached.


Rather oddly for a glass oriented display, is a huge embroidery, which was only completed last year, by Fine Cell Work, the prison embroidery charity.


Stained glass working is not just for religious buildings, and one case shows off a modern design currently being worked on for a client.

It’s only a small display, but worth popping into the Guildhall Library if in the area.

It’s open until 23rd March – Mon to Fri, plus this coming Saturday 12th March.


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