Curriers Company


Newcastle Upon Tyne

The work of a Currier

A currier is a specialist in the leather processing industry. After the tanning process, the currier applies techniques of dressing, finishing and colouring to the tanned hide to make it strong, flexible and waterproof. The leather is stretched and burnished to produce a uniform thickness and suppleness, and dyeing and other chemical finishes give the leather its desired colour.

After currying, the leather is then ready to pass to the fashioning trades such as saddlery, bridlery, shoemaking and glovemaking.

Curriers in Newcastle

The ordinary of Felt-Makers, Curriers, and Armourers, dated October 1st 1546, enjoined them to go together in procession at the feast of Corpus Christi, bear the charges of the lights, pageants and play, and be there at the hour assigned them, on pain of forfeiting a pound of wax. It further enjoined, that none born out of the King’s dominion should work with them, unless he were denizen, or for urgent causes to be admitted by the Mayor and Justices of the Peace, on pain of paying £40 Sterling: that they should not work on holidays, or on Saturdays longer than five o’clock at the afternoon, on pain of forfeiting a pound of wax; that each brother should be sworn on admission; and that the Armourers, Curriers, and Hatters, should not interfere in each other’s occupations.

On March 27th 1671, an order was issued for the seizure of French hats, except such as were sold by those of the company. In 1719, the society made an order, that no Quaker should be taken apprentice, on pain of forfeiting £100. July 3rd 1620, they made an agreement to repair Herber Tower for a meeting house.

Most probable date of Incorporation: 1546


Senior Steward

L. Turnbull 
19 Yeavering Close 
Newcastle upon Tyne