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Worshipful Company of Gunmakers - Clerk's Gown

Clerk's Gown (photos received 30th June 2009)





Gunmakers text

My new gown was much admired at our summer banquet the other week. I attach a couple of photos. Thank you so much for all you did to bring it to completion.

Colonel W J Chesshyre, Clerk to The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers
The Proof House, 48-50 Commercial Road, London E1 1LP

Founded by Royal Charter on 14th March 1637, the Gunmakers' Company is one of the few of the more than100 City Livery Companies which still carry on the work for which they were founded. In addition to its responsibility for proving small arms, the Company has had further obligations placed upon it as a result of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988, namely the examination and certification of deactivated firearms and restricted magazine weapons. The proof and examination of weapons is to ensure the safety of the public.

Because of the noise of proving weapons, and the fear of the risk of black powder storage, the London Proof House was established outside the City limits, a unique location for the home of a City Livery Company. It still stands on the original site, then Goodmans Fields, Whitechapel, but subsequently renamed Commercial Road.