The Worshipful Company of Saddlers is one of the very oldest of the City of London Livery companies. The earliest surviving records of a Guild of Saddlers in London date from circa 1160 AD, although the Guild could well pre-date that.
Today, the Saddlers' Company still has a close interest in, and involvement with, its original trade. This is exemplified in its support of the Society of Master Saddlers, its leadership of the development of saddlery training standards, its support of saddlery trainees and apprentices through bursaries, awards and prizes, and its promotion of British saddlery.
The Company supports almost all disciplines of British equestrianism, concentrating on younger and emerging riders, through the award of saddlery prizes and vouchers at a broad range of equestrian competitions across the country. It aims to promote the use of high quality British saddlery by riders of all ages and experience for the greater safety and comfort of both horse and rider.
Active involvement in education and charity has always played a fundamental part in the Company's life and this continues to the present day. The Company's current educational activities range from a close association with The City University (of which it was one of the founder Companies), through scholarships and bursaries at Alleyn's School in Dulwich, as well as the promotion of educational projects at schools in the inner-city boroughs bordering the City of London - and most particularly with the City of London Academy Islington.
The Company is the Trustee of a number of historic charities. These were founded with funds bequeathed by past members of the Company but it also endows its major charity, The Saddlers' Company Charitable Fund, which responds to a wide range of charitable initiatives, with a particular emphasis on charities working for the benefit of disabled people and disadvantaged youth.
The Saddlers' Hall itself is a magnificently appointed building furnished with historic treasures. When not in use for Company matters, the public rooms are available for private and business hire.
More information including the kinds of events we can accommodate, seating plans, and many more photographs can be found in the Saddlers' Hall section.