Worshipful Company of Carmen

scite, cito, certe — skilfully, swiftly, surely


Carmen filled the pews at St Dunstan in the West on Friday 23 March, when they celebrated the first Foundation Day of their second 500 years, following their 500th anniversary in 2017, and rededicated themselves with their unique annual pledge to serve Crown, City, industry and those in need.

After lunch at Apothecaries’ Hall, Past Masters John Ratcliff and Mark Griffiths told members about the new Heritage Trust’s progress in taking over and starting work on the Grade 1 Old School at St Dunstan’s – the new  Carmen’s home made possible by a 125 renewable lease from the Church.

Between service and lunch, Carmen toured the two floors of the derelict, and now stripped out, 1830s building, to see the basis for their future premises.

Carman and architect Robert Butterfield explained the challenges and work done at the Old School, and Senior Past Master Clive Birch recalled the Carmen’s first, only and shortlived hall 350 years ago, Sir Jack Cohen’s tercentenary appeal to fund one fifty years back, and the successful work of Past Masters Ratcliff, Griffiths and Neil Coles in achieving the new future home and ‘the heart of our future philanthropy’.

Carmen would be looking to help schoolchildren, transport undergraduates and researchers, enhancing transport training and careers, and furthering transport for public benefit. 

The Grade 1 building would be a Grade 1 home in the hearts of the City and of all Carmen.

Below are photographs of the Liveryman presenting the pledge, Stephen Lane, with Freemen Amy and Jessica Greenhalgh along with a selection of pictures from the outside of the Old School Building, the Church Service and the Luncheon which took place in Apothecaries' Hall.