Our History

Henry VI granted the guild of dyers their first charter in 1471. The granting of a Royal Charter was important to confirm that the Dyers’ had the authority to control the quality of workmanship and hence the reputation of London Dyers.

It was also important because, once the guild became incorporated by having a charter, it was legally possible for it to own land. It is no coincidence that the Dyers had acquired their first Hall by 1482.

The Company’s oldest document is a Ratification of Ordinances granted by Elizabeth I in 1578 It is thought that there may have been up to nine charters in all, but most were destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666.

The charter granted by Queen Anne in 1704 is the one which governs the Company to this day.

Download the translation and see the story behind the Dyers Charter below