NEW: Most books referred to in the Library can now be ordered from Amazon by a direct link. Titles include those of specific interest to liverymen, and in the Speech-writing section, those suggested at the After Dinner speaking course. If you wish to suggest additional books for listing, please send the ISBN
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The Livery Committee, often in association with the Public Relations Office at the City of London, produce a number of publications for the benefit of liverymen, and others interested in their work.
Some are listed here:
Livery Briefing a bi-monthly newsletter distributed to Clerks by email, and often posted at livery company websites
City Livery Companies - a 40 page booklet (orange cover) describing each livery company, and other background about the civic activities of the City. Available for collection from PRO at Guildhall
NOT produced or endorsed by the City of London are two light hearted YouTube cartoon videos that give a gently mocking but affectionate and not inaccurate description if the workings of the City and its governance:
Vade Mecum - re-published in 2013, by the Clerks’ Association.
cityview - The magazine of the City of London Corporation
National Farmers’ Union Magazine article, November 2015. A sympathetic and largely accurate exploration of the Livery Companies and their renewed involvement with trade, craft and profession.
City & Livery Links with Australia & New Zealand, a paper written by Paul Jagger
Merchant Taylors Company of York:
Interpreting the Survival and Contemporary Functions of a Trade-Based Medieval Guild A dissertation by By Kathryn Lazell, University of York
Titles of other publications and websites are grouped below:
Civic London to 1558 (3 volume set) (Records of Early English Drama)
by (Author), (Editor)
ISBN 1843843994 Order from Amazon here
The livery companies of the City of London their origin, character, development and social and political importance (1892) by William Carew Hazlitt.
ISBN 9781169369337 in a modern edition. Order from Amazon here
800 years of the Lord Mayor's Show
Price £29.95 or at the pre-publication offer price of £24.95 up to 5 November 2015
ISBN 9781908990556 Order from Amazon here
Lord Mayors' Portraits - 1983-2013
Price £12 +£2.50 P&P. ISBN 9780954812232 Order from Amazon here
Discovering London's Guilds and Liveries by John Kennedy Melling
Price £8.99 ISBN 0747805598 Order from Amazon here
The Aldermen of the City of London 1900-2010 by Sir John Chalstrey
ISBN 9780852030905 published by the City of London Corporation 2011
ISBN 9781860777271 Order from Amazon here
London Livery Companies: History, Law and Customs by David Palfreyman
ISBN 1907139079 Order from Amazon here
The London City Livery Companies' Vindication (1885) by Gilbert and Rivington
ISBN 1165111160 Order from Amazon here
The City of London and its Lord Mayor: From Whittington to World Financial Centre by Sir John Stuttard (2008)
ISBN 1860775861 Order from Amazon here
Stepping Forward - A Tribute to the Volunteer Military Reservists and Supporting Auxiliaries of Greater London. A list of livery/military affiliations (drawn from the book)
The Leathersellers' Company - A History by Penelope Hunting
ISBN 0952362104 Order from Amazon here
This Ghastly Affair: Great War Letters from the Leathersellers Archives by
Available from the Leathersellers’ Company