Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
MottoVerbum Domini Manet in Aeternum
LocationStationers' Hall, London
Date of formation1403 (1403)
Company associationPrinting and publishing
Order of precedence47th
Master of companyTony Mash
Websitestationers.org

The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers (until 1937 the Worshipful Company of Stationers), usually known as the Stationers' Company, is one of the livery companies of the City of London.[1] The Stationers' Company was formed in 1403; it received a royal charter in 1557.[2] It held a monopoly over the publishing industry and was officially responsible for setting and enforcing regulations until the enactment of the Statute of Anne, also known as the Copyright Act of 1710.[3] Once the company received its charter, "the company's role was to regulate and discipline the industry, define proper conduct and maintain its own corporate privileges."[4]

The company members, including master, wardens, assistants, liverymen, freemen and apprentices are mostly involved with the modern visual and graphic communications industries that have evolved from the company's original trades. These include printing, paper-making, packaging, office products, engineering, advertising, design, photography, film and video production, publishing of books, newspapers and periodicals and digital media. The company's principal purpose nowadays is to provide an independent forum where its members can advance the interests (strategic, educational, training and charitable) of the industries associated with the company.[5]

History

In 1403, the Corporation of London approved the formation of a guild of stationers. At this time, the occupations considered stationers for the purposes of the guild were text writers, limners (illuminators), bookbinders or booksellers who worked at a fixed location (stationarius) beside the walls of St Paul's Cathedral.[6] Booksellers sold manuscript books, or copies thereof produced by their respective firms for retail; they also sold writing materials. Illuminators illustrated and decorated manuscripts.

Printing gradually displaced manuscript production so that, by the time the guild received a royal charter of incorporation on 4 May 1557, it had in effect become a printers' guild. In 1559, it became the 47th in city livery company precedence. At the time, it was based at Peter's College, which it bought from St Paul's Cathedral.[7] During the Tudor and Stuart periods, the Stationers were legally empowered to seize "offending books" that violated the standards of content set down by the Church and state; its officers could bring "offenders" before ecclesiastical authorities, usually the Bishop of London or the Archbishop of Canterbury, depending on the severity of the transgression.[8] Thus the Stationers played an important role in the culture of England as it evolved through the intensely turbulent decades of the Protestant Reformation and toward the English Civil War.

The Stationers' Charter, which codified its monopoly on book production, ensured that once a member had asserted ownership of a text or "copy" by having it approved by the company, no other member was entitled to publish it, that is, no one else had the "right to copy" it. This is the origin of the term "copyright". However, this original "right to copy" in England was different from the modern conception of copyright. The stationers' "copy right" was a protection granted to the printers of a book; "copyright" introduced with the Statute of Anne, or the Copyright Act of 1710, was a right granted to the author(s) of a book based on statutory law.[9]

Members of the company could, and mostly did, document their ownership of copyright in a work by entering it in the "entry book of copies" or the Stationers' Company Register.[10] The Register of the Stationers' Company thus became one of the most essential documentary records in the later study of English Renaissance theatre.[11] (In 1606 the Master of the Revels, who was responsible until this time for licensing plays for performance, acquired some overlapping authority over licensing them for publication as well; but the Stationers' Register remained a crucial and authoritative source of information after that date too.) Enforcement of such rules was always a challenge, in this area as in other aspects of the Tudor/Stuart regime. Works were often printed surreptitiously and illegally, and this would remain a subject of interest to both the Company and the government into the modern period.

In 1603, the Stationers formed the English Stock, a joint stock publishing company funded by shares held by members of the company.[12] This profitable venture gave the Company a monopoly on printing certain types of works, including almanacs, prayer-books, and primers, some of the best-selling works of the day. By buying and holding shares in the English Stock (which were limited in number), members of the company received a nearly guaranteed return each year. The English Stock at times employed out-of-work printers, and disbursed some of the profit to the poor and to those reliant on the Company's pensions. When a printer or bookseller who held a share passed away, it might often pass to another relation, most often his widow.[13]

Stationers' Hall, London (2013 photo)

In 1606, the company bought Abergavenny House in Ave Maria Lane and moved out of Peter's College.[14] The new hall burnt down in the Great Fire of 1666, along with most of its contents, including a great number of books. The Company's clerk, George Tokefeild, is said to have removed a great number of the Company's records to his home in the suburbs—without this act, much of the Company's history before 1666 would have been lost.[15] It was rebuilt by 1674, and its present interior is much as it was when it reopened. The Court Room was added in 1748, and in 1800 the external façade was remodelled to its present form.[16]

In 1695, the monopoly power of the Stationers' Company was diminished by the lapsing of their monopoly on printing, allowing presses to operate more freely outside of London than they had previously. This blow was compounded when in 1710 Parliament passed the Copyright Act 1709, the first such act to establish copyright as the purview of authors, not printers or publishers.[17]

In 1861, the company established the Stationers' Company's School at Bolt Court, Fleet Street for the education of sons of members of the Company. In 1894, the school moved to Hornsey in north London, eventually closing nearly a century later in 1983.

Registration under the Copyright Act 1911 ended in December 1923; the company then established a voluntary register in which copyrights could be recorded to provide printed proof of ownership in case of disputes.

In 1937, a royal charter amalgamated the Stationers' Company and the Newspaper Makers' Company, which had been founded six years earlier (and whose members were predominant in Fleet Street), into the company of the present name.

In March 2012, the company established the "Young Stationers," to provide a forum for young people (under the age of 40) within the company and the civic City of London more broadly. This led to the establishment of the Young Stationers' Prize in 2014, which recognises outstanding achievements within the company's trades. Prize winners have included novelist Angela Clarke, journalist Katie Glass, and professor of journalism Dr Shane Tilton.

The company's motto is Verbum Domini manet in aeternum, Latin for "The Word of the Lord endures forever;" which appears on their heraldic charge.[18]

In November 2020 Stationers' Hall the home of the Stationers' Company were granted approval to redevelop their Grade 1 listed building to bring modern day conference facilities, air-cooling and step free access to its historic rooms. It reopened in July 2022 for live events, weddings, and filming.

Trades

The modern Stationers' Company represents the "content and communications" industries within the City of London Liveries. This includes the following trades and specialisms:

Hall

Stationers' Hall is at Ave Maria Lane near Ludgate Hill. The site of the present hall was formerly the site of Abergavenny House, which was purchased by the Stationers in 1606 for £3,500, but destroyed in the Great Fire of London, 1666.[19] The current building and hall date from circa 1670. The hall was remodelled in 1800 by the architect Robert Mylne and, on 4 January 1950, it was designated a Grade I listed building.[20][21]

Stationers' Hall hosts the Shine School Media Awards, where students compete in the creation of websites and magazines.

Notable liverymen

Court

Below are lists of officials who either sat on the Stationer's Company Court of Assistants, or who worked for the Company in another official capacity (Beadle, Treasurer, and Clerk) from the time the Company was first granted a charter in 1556 to the present day. As with most London livery companies, the Master of the Company was elected yearly, along with the Wardens. For the Stationers, this election day always took place in late June, the day before St. Peter's Day (June 29). Thus, a Master's term would run effectively from July to July. The dates below reflect the year a Master was elected and began a term of service. Upper and Under Wardens were elected at the same time, while Renter Wardens (those two wardens charged with collecting dues from members of the Company annually) were chosen for the following year in March, on or around Lady Day. The roles of Beadle and Clerk were likewise elected positions, filled whenever they came open, but were often held by the same members for years or even decades. The Treasurer of the Company/English Stock was elected annually in March along with the Stockeepers, and again, was often held by the same person for years.

The master oversaw Company "courts," meetings of the Assistants and sometimes the Livery and wider membership where Company business was discussed and resolved. These courts were usually held monthly but could be held more or less frequently. Although official company positions were historically always held by men until the twentieth century, women have always participated meaningfully in the life of the Company, at certain times even holding a controlling interest in the Company's joint stock venture, known as the English Stock.[22][23][24]

The first woman elected master was Helen Esmonde, who held the position in 2015.[25]

1556-1599

Sixteenth Century Court Officials, 1556-1599[26][27]
Year elected Master Upper Warden Under Warden
1556 Thomas Dockwray Vacant Vacant
1557 Thomas Dockwray John Cawood John Walley
1558 Richard Waye John Jaques John Turke
1559 Reginald (Reyner) Wolfe Michael Loble Thomas Duxwell
1560 Stephen Kevall Richard Jugge John Judson
1561 John Cawood William Seres Richard Tottell
1562 John Cawood Michael Loble Richard Harrison; John Judson [from February]
1563 Richard Waye Richard Jugge Roger Ireland
1564 Reginald (Reyner) Wolfe John Walley John Day
1565 Stephen Kevall William Seres James Gonneld
1566 John Cawood Richard Jugge John Day
1567 Reginald (Reyner) Wolfe Richard Tottell James Gonneld
1568 Richard Jugge Richard Tottell Roger Ireland
1569 Richard Jugge John Walley William Norton
1570 William Seres John Judson William Norton
1571 William Seres John Day Humphrey Toy
1572 Reginald (Reyner) Wolfe James Gonneld Humphrey Toy
1573 Richard Jugge William Norton John Harrison [the elder]
1574 Richard Jugge Richard Tottell William Cooke
1575 William Seres John Day Thomas Marsh
1576 William Seres James Gonneld Richard Watkins
1577 William Seres William Norton Richard Watkins
1578 Richard Tottel John Harrison [the elder] George Bishop
1579 James Gonneld John Harrison [the elder] George Bishop
1580 John Day Richard Watkins Francis Coldock
1581 William Norton Thomas Marsh Garrat Dewce
1582 James Gonneld Christopher Barker Francis Coldock
1583 John Harrison [the elder] Richard Watkins Ralph Newbery
1584 Richard Tottel George Bishop Ralph Newbery
1585 James Gonneld Christopher Barker Henry Conway
1586 William Norton George Bishop Henry Denham
1587 John Judson Francis Coldock Henry Middleton; Henry Conway [from September]
1588 John Harrison [the elder] Francis Coldock Henry Denham
1589 Richard Watkins Ralph Newbery Gabriel Cawood
1590 George Bishop Ralph Newbery Gabriel Cawood
1591 Francis Coldock Henry Conway George Allen
1592 George Bishop Henry Conway Thomas Stirrop
1593 William Norton [succeeded by George Bishop] Gabriel Cawood Thomas Woodcock; Thomas Stirrop [from April]
1593 George Bishop [succeeds William Norton in December] Gabriel Cawood Thomas Woodcock; Thomas Stirrop [from April]
1594 Richard Watkins Gabriel Cawood Isaac Binge
1595 Francis Coldock Isaac Binge Thomas Dawson
1596 John Harrison [the elder] Thomas Stirrop Thomas Dawson
1597 Gabriel Cawood Thomas Stirrop Thomas Man
1598 Ralph Newbery Isaac Binge William Ponsonby
1599 Gabriel Cawood Thomas Man John Windet

1600-1699

Seventeenth Century Court Officials, 1600-1699[28][29]
Year elected Master Upper Warden Under Warden Elder Renter Warden Junior Renter Warden Clerk Beadle Treasurer
1600 George Bishop Thomas Dawson Richard White Unknown Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy Unknown
1601 Ralph Newbery Robert Barker Gregory Seton Unknown Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy Unknown
1602 George Bishop Thomas Man Simon Waterson Unknown Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy Unknown
1603 Isaac Binge Thomas Dawson Humphrey Hooper Unknown Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy Unknown
1604 Thomas Man John Norton William Leake Unknown Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy Unknown
1605 Robert Barker John Norton Richard Feild Unknown Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy Nathaniel Butter
1606 Robert Barker Edward White William Leake Unknown Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy William Cotton
1607 John Norton Gregory Seton John Standish William Newton Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy William Cotton
1608 George Bishop Humphrey Hooper Humphrey Lownes Unknown Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy William Cotton
1609 Thomas Dawson Simon Waterson John Standish Unknown Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy Edmund Weaver
1610 Thomas Man William Leake Thomas Adams Anthony Gilman Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy Edmund Weaver
1611 John Norton Richard Feild Humphrey Lownes Unknown Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy Edmund Weaver
1612 John Norton Humphrey Hooper John Harrison [the younger] Unknown Unknown Richard Collins John Hardy Edmund Weaver
1613 Bonham Norton Richard Field Richard Ockould Unknown Unknown Thomas Mountfort Thomas Bushell Edmund Weaver
1614 Thomas Man William Leake Thomas Adams Felix Kingston Unknown Thomas Mountfort Thomas Bushell Edmund Weaver
1615 Thomas Dawson Humphrey Lownes, senior George Swinhowe Unknown Unknown Thomas Mountfort Thomas Bushell Edmund Weaver
1616 Thomas Man Thomas Adams Matthew Lownes Matthew Law Unknown Thomas Mountfort Thomas Bushell Edmund Weaver
1617 Simon Waterson Humphrey Lownes, senior George Swinhowe Robert Bolton Unknown Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1618 William Leake Thomas Adams Anthony Gilman Leonard Kempe Unknown Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1619 Richard Field George Swinhowe John Jaggard Thomas Purfoote John Harrison Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1620 Humphrey Lownes Matthew Lownes George Cole John Harrison John Jaggard Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1621 Simon Waterson George Swinhowe Clement Knight Richard Tombes Unknown Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1622 Richard Field Anthony Gilman Thomas Pavier Richard Tombes John Browne Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1623 George Swinhowe George Cole John Bill John Browne Unknown Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1624 Humphrey Lownes Matthew Lownes Henry Cooke Unknown Unknown Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1625 George Swinhowe Anthony Gilman Adam Islip William Aspley Roger Jackson Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1626 Bonham Norton Clement Knight Felix Kingston John Rothwell Henry Fetherstone Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1627 George Cole Clement Knight Edmund Weaver Henry Featherstone Nathaniel Butter Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1628 George Cole Adam Islip Edmund Weaver Unknown Unknown Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1629 Bonham Norton John Bill Thomas Purfoote John Busby Emanuel Exoll Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1630 George Swinhowe Felix Kingston John Harrison Emanuel Exoll Thomas Downes Thomas Mountfort Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1631 George Cole Adam Islip John Smethwick Thomas Downes Richard Moore Henry Walley Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1632 George Cole Edmund Weaver William Aspley John Beale Richard Higganbotham Henry Walley Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1633 Adam Islip Edmund Weaver William Aspley John Hoth John Parker Henry Walley Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1634 Adam Islip Thomas Purfoote John Rothwell John Parker Francis Constable Henry Walley Richard Badger Edmund Weaver
1635 Felix Kingston John Smethwick Henry Featherstone Richard Whitaker George Latham Henry Walley John Badger Edmund Weaver
1636 Felix Kingston John Harrison Thomas Downes George Latham Jonas Wellings Henry Walley John Badger Edmund Weaver
1637 Edmund Weaver, died June 1638 William Aspley Nicholas Bourne Jonas Wellings Ephraim Dawson Henry Walley John Badger Edmund Weaver
1638 John Harrison [the younger] John Rothwell Robert Mead George Miller Edward Brewster Henry Walley John Badger Unknown/Open
1639 John Smethwick Henry Featherstone Nicholas Bourne Jonas Wellings Ephraim Dawson Henry Walley John Badger Edward Brewster
1640 William Aspley, died in office; succeeded by John Smethwick Thomas Downes Samuel Mann Jacob Bloome John Bellamy Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott Edward Brewster
1641 Henry Fetherstone Nicholas Bourne John Parker Robert Bird, died in office; succeeded by Richard Thrale John Bartlett, fined out; succeeded by Nicholas Fussell Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott Edward Brewster
1642 Thomas Downes Robert Meade George Edwards Nicholas Fussell Christopher Meredith Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott Edward Brewster
1643 Nicholas Bourne Samuel Mann Richard Whitaker Christopher Meredith Robert Dawlman Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott Edward Brewster
1644 Robert Mead John Parker Richard Whitaker Robert Dawlman William Crawley Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott Edward Brewster
1645 Robert Mead John Parker George Miller William Crawley John Marriott Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott Edward Brewster
1646 Samuel Mann Richard Whitaker Henry Seile John Marriott Richard Coates Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott Edward Brewster
1647 John Parker George Latham John Bellamy Richard Coates Samuel Cartwright Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott Edward Brewster [died between August and October 1647]
1648 Thomas Downes, succeeded by John Parker Ephraim Dawson William Lee Samuel Cartwright Humphrey Moseley Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott George Sawbridge
1649 Robert Mead Miles Flesher John Chappell Humphrey Moseley Thomas Dainty Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott George Sawbridge
1650 George Latham Miles Flesher Philemon Stephens Thomas Dainty Roger Norton Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott George Sawbridge
1651 Nicholas Bourne John Legate Humphrey Robinson Roger Norton George Thomason Henry Walley Joseph Hunscott George Sawbridge
1652 Miles Flesher John Legate Richard Thrale George Thomason Octavian Pulleyn John Burroughs Joseph Hunscott George Sawbridge
1653 Miles Flesher Henry Seile Humphrey Robinson Octavian Pulleyn Andrew Crooke John Burroughs Joseph Hunscott George Sawbridge
1654 Samuel Mann William Lee Roger Norton Andrew Crooke Luke Fawne John Burroughs Joseph Hunscott George Sawbridge
1655 Henry Walley Philemon Stephens Roger Norton Luke Fawne William Hope John Burroughs Joseph Hunscott George Sawbridge
1656 Robert Mead Humphrey Robinson Richard Thrale Evan Tiler Ralph Rounthwaite John Burroughs Joseph Hunscott George Sawbridge
1657 Henry Seile William Lee George Thomason Alexander Fifield Ralph Smith John Burroughs Joseph Hunscott George Sawbridge
1658 Samuel Mann Philemon Stephens Octavien Pulleyn Francis Leach Thomas Hunt John Burroughs Joseph Hunscott George Sawbridge
1659 William Lee Richard Thrale Humphrey Moseley Joshua Kirton Abel Roper John Burroughs Joseph Hunscott [died June 1660] George Sawbridge
1660 Philemon Stephens Roger Norton Andrew Crooke Abel Roper Giles Calvert John Burroughs Nicholas Fussell George Sawbridge
1661 Humphrey Robinson George Thomason William Leake Robert White Richard Best John Burroughs Nicholas Fussell George Sawbridge
1662 Miles Flesher Octavian Pulleyn Daniel Pakeman Richard Best Abraham Miller John Burroughs Nicholas Fussell George Sawbridge
1663 Miles Flesher Andrew Crooke Luke Fawne Humphrey Tuckey Edmund Paxton George Tokefeild Nicholas Fussell George Sawbridge
1664 Richard Thrale Octavian Pulleyn Evan Tyler Joseph Surbutt Richard Tomlyns George Tokefeild Nicholas Fussell George Sawbridge
1665 Andrew Crooke William Leake Ralph Smith Richard Tomlyns Samuel Gellibrand George Tokefeild Nicholas Fussell George Sawbridge
1666 Andrew Crooke Evan Tyler Richard Royston Samuel Gellibrand John Macocke George Tokefeild John Cleaver George Sawbridge
1667 Humphrey Robinson Evan Tyler Richard Royston John Macocke Richard Clarke George Tokefeild John Cleaver George Sawbridge
1668 Thomas Davies Ralph Smith Thomas Hunt Richard Clarke Henry Twyford George Tokefeild John Cleaver George Sawbridge
1669 Thomas Davies Ralph Smith Thomas White Henry Twyford John Clarke, junior George Tokefeild John Cleaver George Sawbridge
1670 William Leake Francis Coles Abell Roger John Clarke George Calvert George Tokefeild John Cleaver George Sawbridge
1671 Evan Tyler Richard Royston Roger Norton George Calvert Thomas Vere George Tokefeild John Cleaver George Sawbridge
1672 Ralph Smith Abell Roper Samuel Mearne Major Brook George Eversden George Tokefeild John Cleaver George Sawbridge
1673 Richard Royston Robert White Samuel Mearne Thomas Williams Andrew Nicholson John Lilly John Cleaver George Sawbridge
1674 Richard Royston Robert White Thomas Roycroft Henry Leigh Henry Herringman John Lilly Randall Taylor George Sawbridge
1675 George Sawbridge Roger Norton Samuel Gellibrand; died in office, succeeded by John Macocke William Miller Henry Lee John Lilly Randall Taylor George Sawbridge
1676 Abel Roper Samuel Mearne Richard Clarke Henry Lee John Wright John Lilly Randall Taylor George Sawbridge
1677 Robert White Thomas Roycroft Thomas Vere Christopher Wall Thomas Raw John Lilly Randall Taylor George Sawbridge
1678 Roger Norton John Macocke John Martin William Fisher John Haies John Lilly Randall Taylor John Leigh
1679 Samuel Mearne Thomas Vere Thomas Newcomb John Sims Robert Clavell John Lilly Randall Taylor John Leigh
1680 John Macock Richard CLarke Francis Tyton Thomas Goreing Godfrey Head John Lilly Randall Taylor John Leigh
1681 Thomas Vere; died in January or February 1682, succeeded by Samuel Mearne Thomas Newcomb; died in January or February 1682, succeeded by Francis Tyton John Towse Nathaniel Ranew Dorman Newman John Garrett Randall Taylor John Leigh
1682 Samuel Mearne; died in June 1683, succeeded by Roger Norton Francis Tyton Henry Hills Thomas Spicer (Helder?) Samuel Herrick John Garrett Randall Taylor John Leigh
1683 Roger Norton John Towse Henry Hills Samuel Hoyle Adam Felton John Garrett Randall Taylor John Leigh
1684 Roger Norton Henry Hills James Cotterell Christopher Wall Nathaniel Ponder John Garrett Randall Taylor John Leigh
1685 Henry Herringman John Bellinger Ambrose Isted Bennitt Griffin Adiel Mill John Garrett Randall Taylor John Leigh
1686 John Bellinger John Baker Robert Clavell Daniel Peacock Thomas Sawbridge John Garrett Randall Taylor Obadiah Blagrave, pro tempore
1687, June to October Roger Norton John Baker Thomas Bassett John Penn George Wells John Garrett Randall Taylor Benjamin Tooke [Warehousekeeper]
1687, October to July 1688 Henry Hills Edward Brewster Christopher Wilkinson John Penn Gabriel Cox John Garrett Randall Taylor Benjamin Tooke [Warehousekeeper]
1688 Henry Hills [joint with John Towse]
1688 John Towse [joint with Henry Hills]
1689 Edward Brewster
1690 Ambrose Isted
1691 Ambrose Isted
1692 Edward Brewster
1693 John Bellinger
1694 John Sims
1695 John Sims
1696 Henry Mortlock
1697 Henry Mortlock
1698 Robert Clavell
1699 Robert Clavell

1700-1799

Eighteenth Century Masters, 1700-1799[30][31]
Year elected Name Trade
1700 William Phillips Bookseller
1701 William Phillips Bookseller
1702 William Phillips Bookseller
1703 Thomas Parkhurst
1704 Richard Simpson Bookseller
1705 Richard Simpson Bookseller
1706 Walter Kettilby Bookseller
1707 Edward Darrel
1708 Charles Harper Bookseller
1709 William Phillips Bookseller
1710 William Phillips Bookseller
1711 William Phillips Bookseller
1712 William Phillips Bookseller
1713 Daniel Brown Bookseller
1714 John Baskett Printer
1715 John Baskett Printer
1716 Nicholas Boddington Bookseller
1717 Nicholas Boddington [joint with Richard Mount] Bookseller
1717 Richard Mount [joint with Nicholas Boddington] Bookseller
1718 Richard Mount Bookseller
1719 Richard Mount Bookseller
1720 John Sprint Bookseller
1721 John Sprint Bookseller
1722 John Knaplock Bookseller
1723 John Knaplock Bookseller
1724 John Knaplock Bookseller
1725 John Walthoe Bookseller
1726 John Walthoe Bookseller
1727 James Knapton Bookseller
1728 James Knapton Bookseller
1729 James Roberts Printer, Bookseller
1730 James Roberts Printer, Bookseller
1731 James Roberts Printer, Bookseller
1732 James Roberts Printer, Bookseller
1733 William Mount Bookseller
1734 William Mount Bookseller
1735 William Mount Bookseller
1736 Samuel Ashurst
1737 Samuel Ashurst
1738 Samuel Buckley Printer, Bookseller
1739 Samuel Buckley Printer, Bookseller
1740 James Round
1741 James Round
1742 John Knapton Bookseller
1743 John Knapton Bookseller
1744 John Knapton Bookseller
1745 Thomas Brewer Stationer
1746 Thomas Brewer Stationer
1747 William Innys Bookseller
1748 William Innys Bookseller
1749 Stephen Theodore Janssen, Baronet Merchant, enamel works
1750 Stephen Theodore Janssen, Baronet Merchant, enamel works
1751 Thomas Ridge Stationer
1752 Thomas Ridge Stationer
1753 Thomas Page Stationer
1754 Samuel Richardson Printer, Author
1755 John March Printer
1756 Francis Gosling, Knight Banker, Printer, Bookseller
1757 Thomas Wotton Bookseller, geneaologist, antiquary
1758 Charles Hitch Bookseller
1759 Jacob Tonson Bookseller, Publisher
1760 John Clarke Bookseller
1761 Allington Wilde Printer
1762 John Coles Stationer
1763 Edward Say Printer, Stationer
1764 Richard Brooke Stationer
1765 Richard Manby Bookseller, Stationer
1766 Henry Woodfall Printer, Stationer
1767 John Vowell Stationer
1768 James Bailey Bookbinder
1769 Matthew Jenour Printer
1770 Paul Vaillant Bookseller, Merchant, Magistrate
1771 Thomas Gamull [joint with John Vowell] Stationer
1771 John Vowell [joint with Thomas Gamull] Stationer
1772 Joshua Jenour Printer, Authour
1773 John Beecroft Bookseller
1774 William Strahan Printer
1775 John Rivington Bookseller, Publisher
1776 Robert Brown Printer, Stationer
1777 Thomas Wright Printer, Stationer
1778 Daniel Richards Stationer
1779 Lockyer Davis Bookseller
1780 William Gill Stationer
1781 William Owen Bookseller
1782 Thomas Caslon Bookseller, Stationer
1783 John Boydell Engraver, Merchant, Printseller
1784 Thomas Harrison Printer
1785 Robert Gyfford Bookseller, Stationer
1786 William Fenner Printer, Bookseller, Stationer, Yeoman
1787 Thomas Greenhill Stationer
1788 Thomas Hooke Stationer
1789 Thomas Field Printer, Bookseller
1790 John March Printer
1791 Thomas Pote Bookseller
1792 Henry Baldwin Newspaper Proprieter, Printer
1793 John Townsend Printer
1794 Henry Clarke Stationer
1795 William Chapman Stationer
1796 Richard Welles Stationer
1797 Henry Sampson Woodfall Printer, Journalist
1798 Thomas Cadell Bookseller, Publisher
1799 James Bate Bookseller, Stationer

1800-1899

Nineteenth Century Masters, 1800-1899[32][33]
Year elected Name Trade
1800 William Stephens Law Stationer
1801 Henry Parker Printer, Bookseller, Print-seller, Stationer
1802 Charles Dilly Publisher, Bookseller
1803 William Domville Bookseller, Stationer
1804 John Nichols Printer
1805 Francis Rivington Bookseller
1806 Mathew Bloxham Stationer
1807 Thomas Vallance Paper maker; Wholesale Stationer
1808 Henry Woolsey Byfield Printer; Bookseller; Stationer
1809 Samuel Hawksworth Printer, Bookseller, Stationer
1810 John Crickitt Stationer; Marshall of the High Court of Admiralty
1811 Josiah Boydell Publisher, Painter
1812 Thomas Smith Bookbinder, Stock Broker
1813 John Barker Printer
1814 James Wallis Street Bookseller, Stationer
1815 Joseph Collyer Engraver
1816 Christopher Magnay Wholesale Stationer
1817 Thomas Payne Bookseller
1818 Joseph Gardiner Wholesale Stationer
1819 Charles Rivington Publisher
1820 William Walker Stationer, Tea-dealer
1821 William Witherby Printer, Law Stationer
1822 Robert Davidson Pocket-book-maker
1823 George Wilkie Bookseller
1824 William Venables Wholesale Stationer
1825 Thomas Bensley Printer; Lithographer
1826 Richard Marsh Fancy Stationer
1827 Thomas Turner Paper-maker; Paper-hanging Manufacturer; Stationer
1828 James Harrison Printer
1829 John Crowder Printer
1830 John Key Wholesale Stationer
1831 Roger Pettiward Businessman; Antiquarian
1832 Joseph Baker Map engraver
1833 George Woodfall Printer
1834 Charles Fourdrinier Wholesale Stationer
1835 Edward London Witts Stationer
1836 Thomas Chapman Printer; Bookseller
1837 William Barron Stationer
1838 William Francis Chapman Bookseller; Wholesale Stationer
1839 George Rowe Fancy Stationer
1840 Thomas Steel Law Stationer
1841 William Barron Stationer
1842 Charles Baldwin Printer
1843 Charles Baldwin Printer
1844 Richard Bate Merchant, Stationer
1845 William Carpenter Printer
1846 John Walter Printer; Proprietor of "The Times."
1847 William Magnay Stationer
1848 John Lewis Cox Printer to the East India Company
1849 Benjamin Gibbons Wholesale Stationer
1850 John Bowyer Nichols Printer
1851 Thomas Gardiner Wholesale Stationer
1852 Thomas Taylor Printer; Stationer; Coal-merchant
1853 William Farlow Law Stationer
1854 Samuel Gyfford Stationer
1855 Francis Graham Moon Printseller; Publisher
1856 Nathaniel Graham Bookseller; Grocer; Upholsterer
1857 John Dickinson Paper-maker; Stationer
1858 John Dickinson Paper-maker; Stationer
1859 John Saddington Copperplate-printer; Stationer; Slop-seller
1860 Henry Foss Bookseller
1861 James William Adlard Printer
1862 Henry Foss Bookseller
1863 John Simpson Music publisher; Musical-instrument-maker; Music-seller
1864 James Daikers Stationer
1865 Thomas Jones Painter; Paper-hanger; Paper-maker; Stationer
1866 Edmund Hodgson Book auctioneer; Stationer
1867 Edmund Hodgson Book auctioneer; Stationer
1868 Henry Adlard Printer; Engraver
1869 Henry Good Stationer
1870 Henry George Brown Stationer
1871 William Tyler Wholesale Stationer
1872 Sydney Hedley Waterlow Politician
1873 Francis Rivington Bookseller
1874 William Watson Printer; Bookbinder; Stationer
1875 William Good Stationer
1876 Charles Rivington [died in office, succeeded by Henry George Brown]
1876 Henry George Brown [succeeded Charles Rivington] Stationer
1877 William Rivington Printer; Bookseller
1878 George Chater Wholesale Stationer
1879 Francis Wyatt Truscott Wholesale Stationer
1880 James Figgins Type-founder; Sheriff of London; Conservative MP
1881 Richard William Starkey Wholesale Stationer
1882 Joseph Johnson Miles
1883 John Miles
1884 Charles Layton
1885 Edmund Waller
1886 Thomas Curson Hansard Printer
1887 Francis Wyatt Truscott Wholesale Stationer
1888 William Hawksworth
1889 James George Alexander Diggens
1890 James Evan Adlard [joint with Joseph Greenhill]
1890 Joseph Greenhill [joint with James Evan Adlard]
1891 George Singer
1892 Guildford Barker Richardson
1893 George Robert Tyler Paper-maker
1894 Joshua Whitehead Butterworth [joint with Sir George Tyler]
1894 George Robert Tyler [joint with Joshua Whitehead Butterworth] Paper-maker
1895 Henry Sotheran Bookseller
1896 William Richard Stephens
1897 Charles John Clay
1898 William Rider Publisher
1899 Joseph Hunt

1900-1999

Twentieth Century Masters, 1900-1999[34][35]
Year elected Name
1900 James William Harrison
1901 George Wyatt Truscott
1902 Matthew Thomas Roe [joint with John Miles]
1902 John Miles [joint with Matthew Thomas Roe]
1903 Thomas Vezey Strong
1904 George North-Cox
1905 John Ion
1906 Richard Stevens
1907 Henry Hill Hodgson
1908 Richard Webster Cox
1909 William Charles Knight Clowes
1910 George Chater
1911 Daniel Greenaway
1912 George Edward Briscoe Eyre
1913 Henry Hill
1914 Henry Good
1915 Herbert Jameson Waterlow
1916 Edward Hanslope Cox
1917 Horace Brooks Marshall
1918 John Bruce Nichols
1919 Edwin James Layton
1920 Edward Unwin
1921 Charles Robert Rivington
1922 Herbert Fitch
1923 Edward Pinney Vacher
1924 Richard Bentley
1925 Frederick Harris Miles
1926 George Rowland Blades
1927 Arthur William Rivington
1928 Cecil Reeves Harrison
1929 William Alfred Waterlow
1930 Edgar Erat Harrison
1931 John Henry Williams
1932 Percy Walter Greenaway
1933 Percy Walter Greenaway
1934 HRH The Prince of Wales [ Ralph David Blumenfeld, deputy]
1935 HRH The Prince of Wales [John William Davy, deputy]
1936 Robert Evan Adlard [joint with Sidney John Sandle]
1936 Sidney John Sandle [joint with Robert Evan Adlard]
1937 John William Baddeley [joint with Edward Manger Iliffe]
1937 Edward Manger Iliffe [joint with John William Baddeley]
1938 Henry Dexter Truscott [joint with Charles Felix Clay]
1938 Charles Felix Clay [joint with Henry Dexter Truscott]
1939 Edward Chenivix Austen-Leigh [joint with Edward Unwin]
1939 Edward Unwin [joint with Edward Chenivix Austen-Leigh]
1940 Edgar Lutwyche Waterlow [joint with Stanley Low]
1940 Stanley Low [joint with Edgar Lutwyche Waterlow]
1941 George Henry Wilkinson
1942 John Jacob Astor
1943 Herbert Arthur Cox
1944 Charles John Watts
1945 Robert Kingston Burt
1946 Herbert William Jordan
1947 Victor Bobardt Harrison
1948 Bernard Guy Harrison
1949 Sidney Hodgson
1950 Reginald Thurston Rivington
1951 Arthur George Fowler
1952 Charles Clifton Tollit
1953 William Will
1954 Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
1955 William Penman
1956 Cuthbert Grasemann
1957 Victor Robert Penman
1958 George Percival Simon
1959 Denis Henry Truscott
1960 James Edward Ousey
1961 William Henry Young
1962 John Betts
1963 John Mylne Rivington
1964 James Alexander Bailey
1965 Henry Arthur Johnson
1966 Donald Fores Kellie
1967 Henry Frank Thompson
1968 Charles Arthur Rivington
1969 John Hubbard
1970 Eric Burt
1971 Philip Soundy Unwin
1972 George Low Riddell
1973 Alan Pearce Greenaway
1974 Derek Burdick Greenaway
1975 Leonard Entwisle Kenyon
1976 Jack Matson
1977 Edward Glanvill Benn
1978 Brian Trevena Coulton
1979 Wilfrid Becket Hodgson
1980 Kenneth Buckingham Robinson
1981 David Wyndham Smith
1982 Peter Cox
1983 Christopher Rivington
1984 Laurence Viney
1985 Ray Tindle
1986 Allen Thompson
1987 Mark Tollit
1988 John Leighton
1989 Desmond Ryman
1990 Thomas Corrigan
1991 William Young
1992 George Mandl
1993 Peter Rippon
1994 Richard Haselden
1995 Alan Brooker
1996 Roy Fullick
1997 Clive Martin
1998 Vernon Sullivan
1999 Richard Harrison

2000-present

Twenty-first Century Masters, 2000- [36][37]
Year elected Name
2000 Henry Frank Chappell
2001 Robert J Russell
2002 Michael A Pelham
2003 Jonathan Straker
2004 James Benn
2005 Patrick Shorten
2006 Neville Cusworth
2007 John W Waterlow
2008 Noel Osborne
2009 Richard Brewster
2010 Christopher McKane
2011 Nigel Stapleton
2012 Kevin Dewey
2013 Tom Hempenstall
2014 Ian Locks
2015 Helen Esmonde
2016 Ian Bennett
2017 Nick Steidl
2018 David Allan
2019 Trevor Fenwick
2020 Stephen Platten
2021 Robert Flather
2022 Mora Sleight
2023 Anthony Mash

Young Stationers' Prize

Young Stationers' Prize with engraved winners as of 2018

The "Young Stationers' Prize" is an annual prize awarded by the Young Stationers' Committee to a young person under 40 years of age who has distinguished themself within the company's trades. Launched in 2014, the prize is a pewter plate (donated by the Worshipful Company of Pewterers) onto which each winner's name is engraved.

List of Young Stationers' Prize winners

As of December 2019 there have been seven winners of the Young Stationers' Prize: Katie Glass, journalist, 2014;[38][39] Angela Clarke, novelist, playwright, and columnist, 2015;[40][41] Ella Kahn and Bryony Woods, founders of Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency (awarded jointly), 2016;[42] Ian Buckley, managing director of Prima Software, 2017;[43] Shane Tilton, academic and professor of multimedia journalism, 2018;[44] Amy Hutchinson, CEO of the BOSS Federation, 2019.[45]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Livery Committee: The Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers". Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  2. ^ Blagden, Cyprian. The Stationers' Company: A History, 1403-1959. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1960, p.19
  3. ^ Raven, James (2007). The Business of Books: Booksellers and the English Book Trade 1450-1850. Yale University Press. p. 200. ISBN 9780300181630.
  4. ^ Lyons, Martyn (2011). Books: A Living History. Los Angeles, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum. p. 61.
  5. ^ "About Us". The Stationer's Company.
  6. ^ Patterson, Lyman Ray (1968). Copyright in Historical Perspective. Vanderbilt University Press.
  7. ^ Blagden, Cyprian. "The Property". The Stationers' Company: a History, 1403-1959. p. 206, n2. On November 24, 1548, John and Richard Keyme, gentlemen of Lewes, paid £1,154 15 shillings into the Court of Augmentations and obtained possession, along with other property, of 'the site, house and mansion commonly called Peter College' (Cal. Patent Rolls Ed. VI, i, 362-3). Four years later, William Sparke, a Merchant Taylor, conveyed the property to the executors of Matthew Wotton, clerk, but retained the right to reclaim it on payment of £340; this figure may approximate to that paid by the Stationers two years later still (Hustings Roll 246, 63). For a short period before 1553 William Seres used the building for a printing house.
  8. ^ Loades, D.M. (1974). "The Theory and Practice of Censorship in Sixteenth-Century England". Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (24): 141–157. doi:10.2307/3678936.
  9. ^ Gadd, Ian (2016). "The Stationers' Company in England before 1710.". In Alexander, I.; Gómez-Arostegui, H.T. (eds.). Research handbook on the history of copyright law. Cheltenham: Elgar.
  10. ^ Arber, Edward, ed. (1875–1877). Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London, 1554–1640 A.D. (5 vols. ed.).
  11. ^ Chambers, Edmund Kerchever (1923). The Elizabethan Stage. Vol. 3. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 160–77, 186–91.
  12. ^ Blagden, Cyprian (1957). "English Stock of the Stationers' Company in the Time of the Stuarts". The Library (12).
  13. ^ Turner, Michael (2009). "Personnel within the London Book Trades: Evidence from the Stationers' Company". Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, vol. 5. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  14. ^ See Blagden, "The Property," in The Stationers' Company: a History, especially pages 212-215.
  15. ^ Blagden, "The Great Fire and the Rebuilding," in The Stationer's Company: a History, p.215. The Company remembers Tokefeild's contribution today in the name of its Archives Center.
  16. ^ Blagden, "The Stationers' Company: a History."
  17. ^ See the Statute of Anne. The Company maintained a copyright registry untl 1923, after which registrations became voluntary.
  18. ^ "Stationer's Company". British Armorial Bindings Database. University of Toronto. Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  19. ^ "Official website". Stationers Livery Company. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  20. ^ Historic England. "Stationers' Hall (Grade I) (1064742)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  21. ^ Blagden, Cyprian (1977) [1960]. "The Property". The Stationers' Company: A History, 1403–1959. Stanford University Press. ISBN 9780804709354.
  22. ^ Turner, Michael (2009). "Personnel within the London Book Trades: Evidence from the Stationers' Company". The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain 5: 1695-1830. p. 331. There were occasions in the eighteenth century when the majority of the Assistants' shares were in the hands of surviving widows rather than active Assistants.
  23. ^ Smith, Helen (2012). Grossly Material Things: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England. Oxford University Press.
  24. ^ McDowell, Paula (1998). The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics, and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace 1678-1730. Oxford University Press.
  25. ^ "Master breaks centuries old barrier". Print Business. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  26. ^ Turner, Michael. "London Booktrades Database". London Booktrades Database. Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  27. ^ Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers (4 October 2021). "Masters of the Company" (Document). Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.
  28. ^ Turner, Michael. "London Booktrades Database". London Booktrades Database. Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  29. ^ Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers (4 October 2021). "Masters of the Company" (Document). Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.
  30. ^ Turner, Michael. "London Booktrades Database". London Booktrades Database. Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  31. ^ Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers (4 October 2021). "Masters of the Company" (Document). Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.
  32. ^ Turner, Michael. "London Booktrades Database". London Booktrades Database. Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  33. ^ Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers (4 October 2021). "Masters of the Company" (Document). Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.
  34. ^ Turner, Michael. "London Booktrades Database". London Booktrades Database. Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  35. ^ Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers (4 October 2021). "Masters of the Company" (Document). Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.
  36. ^ Turner, Michael. "London Booktrades Database". London Booktrades Database. Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  37. ^ Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers (4 October 2021). "Masters of the Company" (Document). Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.
  38. ^ "Announcement of the Young Stationers' Prize winner". InPublishing. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  39. ^ "Profile: Katie Glass". The Times & Sunday Times. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  40. ^ Crockett, Sophie (4 August 2015). "St Albans playwright, Angela Clarke, scoops award". The Herts Advertiser. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  41. ^ Cheesman, Neil (24 July 2015). "Debut playwright Angela Clarke wins The Young Stationers' Prize 2015". LondonTheatre1. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  42. ^ "Former SYP committee members win Young Stationers' Prize". Society of Young Publishers. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  43. ^ Goldbart, Max (28 July 2017). "Buckley scoops Young Stationers' prize". Printweek. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  44. ^ "Dr Shane Tilton wins Young Stationers' Prize". British Printing Industries Federation. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  45. ^ Handley, Rhys (12 July 2019). "New Boss chief wins Young Stationers' prize". Printweek. Retrieved 12 April 2021.

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