About the Upholders

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
Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee









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