About the Upholders

Sheep Drive and Livery Fair – 26 September 2021

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Are you interested in learning more about the benefits and privileges of becoming an Upholder and furthering your knowledge of the City with its ancient ceremonies and traditions? Please follow the link below for details of our ‘Meet The Upholders’ Autumn 2021 Event.

Upholders New Members Evening Application


The Upholders are one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London.

The Company was formed on 1 March 1360 and incorporated by a Royal Charter granted by King Charles II in the year 1626.

The term “Upholder” is an archaic word for “upholsterer”. In past times Upholders carried out not just the manufacture and sale of upholstered goods but were cabinet makers, undertakers, soft furnishers, auctioneers and valuers.

The Thrones for the Royal Barge were made by Albert E Chapman Ltd. holders of the Upholders Excellence Award.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

For further information about how to join the Upholders, please complete the form below: