Membership

There are three tiers of our Company membership all with numerous opportunities for participation in events and activities.

There are three tiers of our Company membership all with numerous opportunities for participation in events and activities.

A connection to, or concern for stonemasonry or the construction industry and the preservation of our historic stone buildings is desired, as is an interest in the City of London, its history and traditions.

We have a wide spread of talented professionals in the Company and many members bring valuable skills to the various financial, training, communications and social committees as well as our charitable causes.  Freemen and Liverymen must be over 21 years of age to be eligible for admission.

While all City Livery terminology refers to ‘men’ this comprises all genders and the Masons’ Company welcomes ladies and diversity within the organisation.

Liverymen

In order to qualify for full Livery you must be a Freeman of the City of London and a Freeman of our Company as outlined below. Initially you will need to be proposed by two Liverymen of the Company, both of whom are of three years standing.

From there you will be invited for interview and a report is then submitted to the Court, with a recommendation, before you are accepted into the Company and admitted.

Besides the Master’s Banquet, held in February or March at Mansion House, where members customarily entertain their spouses and other guests, Liverymen are invited to attend Common Hall each June to elect the new Master and Wardens and the ensuing lunch (space allowing).  The Livery dinner takes place each November at which Liverymen entertain guests other than their spouses and every couple of years Liverymen are usually invited to attend a Court lunch.

Freemen

Entrance to the company as a Freeman is welcomed through three categories:

Patrimony – applicable if either of your parents was a Liveryman of the Masons’ Company before you were born.

Servitude – if you have been apprenticed to, or are a stone mason with relevant qualification

Redemption – you have been proposed by qualifying members of the Livery.

Freemen may attend the Master’s Banquet (as above) and there is an active informal social programme which enables Liverymen and Freeman alike to visit behind the scenes at many historical and occasionally, otherwise inaccessible, institutions.

On joining a Freedom fine is charged, with those going on to be Liverymen paying an additional Livery fine.

There is also a yearly sum due –  termed ‘quarterage’ despite being annual.  The quarterage figures are different for Liverymen and Freemen.

Support of the charities is expected in addition to quarterage which is purely to cover Company running costs.

Yeomen

Despite being the most recent category of membership Yeoman masons are fundamental to our organisation.  To qualify as a Yeoman Mason you will be – or have been – a stonemasonry apprentice and recommended by Liverymen who are active in the industry and / or the Company’s training team.

The Company offers to Yeoman Masons particular support in career progression and an active interest in their work, showcasing talent at any given opportunity.  In return the Livery Company enjoys links to the grass roots of our craft and awareness as to how best it can support the continuation and development of key skills.  There is a nominal quarterage for Yeomen Masons to cover administrative costs.