The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London received its Charter in 1664. Initially founded to regulate the Glass Selling and Pot-Making industries within the City of London, the role of the livery company today is to:

  • Maintain cordial relationships within the Company, the City and the wider glass industry
  • Stimulate interest in glass in all its aspects
  • Carry out charitable works, with special emphasis on education
  • Maintain the Company's traditions, values and customs
  • Provide pastoral care for members in distress
  • Support the Lord Mayor & the Corporation of the City of London

Our site contains a wealth of interesting information about our livery company, its history and traditions and about glass; one of the most versatile and useful materials ever discovered by mankind. A versatility that continues to this day. The pages of this website will almost certainly have passed along fibre optic cables on their way to your computer.   If you are viewing this site on a handheld device it is very likely that its screen is made of glass - indispensable uses for glass in the modern world.


Celebrating  350 years since the granting of our Royal Charter


On 16 July  2014 the The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London were joined by the Needlemakers Company to celebrate the granting of our respective Royal Charters in 1664.  We were joined at St Paul's by the Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf, and Sheriffs Sir Paul Judge and Adrian Waddingham More

The Master Needlemaker, Mrs Sue Kent and The Master Glass Seller Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley leaving St Paul's
Image courtesy of Gerald Sharp Photography