Chris Tomkins (1966) arranged an interesting tour of the Worshipful Company of Bakers on 9 June 2022.
After serving coffee, tea and biscuits, Clerk Lance Whitehouse gave us an interesting talk and tour of the building including visiting the surrounding area.
After several glasses of Prosecco, the Old Loughtonian party made our way to Cote Brasserie, St. Katherine’s Dock for an enjoyable lunch.
Some interesting facts:
- The Worshipful Company of Bakers dating back to 1155 is the second oldest guild in the City
- A room in the Company was used as a court to discipline bakers, “three strikes and you’re out”
- The only other place members of the guild could bake bread was Coventry, “sent to Coventry”, “use your loaf”
- “Bakers Dozen” allowed for the thirteenth item to be substandard