The Skinners’ Company traditionally hold their Election Service on Corpus Christi at St James, Garlickhythe. Ongoing decoration works at St James, a sister church to St Stephen Walbrook, meant that this year the church was not available. We were delighted to host the service this year, after our Sung Eucharist. The Skinners’ Company has a long tradition of charitable giving and runs schools, almshouses and charities. The Choir of Tonbridge School provided the music for the service – the school was founded by Sir Andrew Judd, a Skinner and former Lord Mayor of London.
The Skinners’ Company is one of the ‘Great Twelve’ livery companies and it is thought that it was formed from the consolidation of the two Fraternities of Corpus Christi and the Virgin. To this day, the Company maintain the tradition of processing from their Livery Hall at Dowgate Hill to the service in full regalia. In times gone by, the Company governed the use, production and sale of furs used for trimming garments for people of exalted rank. These fine garments can be seen in the photographs of the procession, which is led by the Company Beadle, followed by four pupils from Christ’s Hospital School, followed by the Clerk, the Master and company Chaplain and then members of the company.
Congratulations to all those elected at the service. We look forward to welcoming you back to St Stephen Walbrook soon.
Photographs by Robert Piwko.