Past Masters and Wardens of the Fletchers’ Company

The Fletchers’ ordinances approved by the mayor and aldermen of London in 1403 laid down that the company would be governed by two annually elected wardens. This remained the normal practice into the early 16th century, although there were periodic re-elections of one or both of the wardens. For a period of time in the 1520s, the company’s wardens were formally elected to serve for two consecutive years, but by the mid 1530s, the elections had once again returned to the annual cycle. By the 1760s, the company’s wardens were once more elected for a two-year term, but a gap in the records makes it impossible to tell at what date this revised practice began. It was in turn abandoned in 1888, since when the company’s officers have once again been elected for annual terms.

The ordinances of 1403 provided that the elections of the wardens were to be held annually on the feast of the Translation of St. Edward the Confessor, that is, 13 October. This remained the normal start date for the Fletchers’ year until 1542, but from 1544 to 1559 the annual changeover took place on the feast of St. Clement (23 November). In 1560, the elections were moved to the Conversion of St. Paul (25 January), and there they were to remain, although in 1566 – uniquely, as far as we can tell – the wardens’ elections were held on St. George’s day (23 April). By 1568, they had reverted to 25 January.

It seems that the office of Master had its origins in the period of the English Civil War, but a lack of company records makes it impossible to know when exactly a Master Fletcher was first chosen. The first recorded master was Baldwin Cuper, who was elected in 1661. For reasons that remain uncertain, the office of master seems to have been abandoned at the end of the 17th century, and the company returned to the older system of two wardens. From 1884, it became customary for the senior of the two wardens to be styled ‘Master and Upper Warden’, but it was not until 1933 that it was decided to re-establish the present system of a master and two wardens.

In the 14th and 15th century the company’s two wardens were, as far as it is possible to tell, of equal status. This had changed by the reign of Elizabeth I: by the 1560s it was normal practice to elect an experienced man who had served as warden on a previous occasion alongside a newcomer. Only from the 1680s is there clear evidence of a formal system under which the Renter Warden on completion of his term succeeded as Upper Warden, while the Upper Warden became Master (when office existed), as is the case to the present day.

Hannes Kleineke

Please click on the links below for information on our Past Masters and their year as Master. 

 

 

Year Master Upper Warden Renter Warden
2020-21 Stuart Robbens Professor Anne Curry Philip Shears
2019-20 Duncan Garland Stuart Robbens Professor Anne Curry
2018-19 Dr Roger Watson Duncan Garland Stuart Robbens
2017-18 Clare James Dr Roger Watson Duncan Garland
2016-17 Stuart Fraser Clare James Dr Roger Watson
2015-16 Adrian Scott Knight Stuart Fraser Clare James
2014-15 Andrew McMillan Adrian Scott Knight Stuart Fraser
2013-14 Lesley Agutter Andrew McMillan Adrian Scott Knight
2012-13 Capt. David Goodall  Lesley Agutter Andrew McMillan
2011-12 John Owen-Ward Capt. David Goodall  Lesley Agutter
2010-11 Alderman Robert Hall John Owen-Ward Capt. David Goodall 
2009-10 Capt. Anthony M. Poulter Alderman Robert Hall John Owen-Ward
2008-09 Ian K.R. MacLellan Capt. Anthony M. Poulter Alderman Robert Hall
2007-08 Peter J.L. Scott Ian K.R. MacLellan, Capt. Anthony M. Poulter
2006-07 D.W. Clark Peter J.L. Scott Ian K.R. MacLellan,
2005-06 Alderman David H. Wootton  D.W. Clark Peter J.L. Scott
2004-05 Frederick A. Neal David H. Wootton  D.W. Clark
2003-04 John L. Dumbrell Frederick A. Neal David H. Wootton 
2002-03 John R. Fenner John L. Dumbrell Frederick A. Neal
2001-02 C.J. Brown John R. Fenner John L. Dumbrell
2000-01 H.R. Vogt C.J. Brown John R. Fenner
1999-2000 R.H. Upton H.R. Vogt C.J. Brown
1998-99 R.H. Upton D.M. Dixon (died in office) H.R. Vogt
1997-98 Maj. Gen. A.P.W. MacLellan  R.H. Upton D.M. Dixon
1996-97 L.S. Johnson Maj. Gen. A.P.W. MacLellan  R.H. Upton
1995-96 J.R. Garnett L.S. Johnson Maj. Gen. A.P.W. MacLellan 
1994-95 A.I.F. MacKenzie J.R. Garnett L.S. Johnson
1993-94 P. Whiting A.I.F. MacKenzie J.R. Garnett
1992-93 M.G. Hart P. Whiting A.I.F. MacKenzie
1991-92 F.N. Steiner M.G. Hart P. Whiting
1990-91 J.A.B. Redgrave  F.N. Steiner M.G. Hart
1989-90 P.P. Rigby J.A.B. Redgrave  F.N. Steiner
1988-89 C.A. Coward P.P. Rigby J.A.B. Redgrave 
1987-88 A.N. Taylor C.A. Coward P.P. Rigby
1986-87 B.J. Brown A.N. Taylor C.A. Coward
1985-86 D.J. Eldridge B.J. Brown A.N. Taylor
1984-85 D.J. Eldridge C. Greville Smith (died in office), succ. by B.J. Brown B.J. Brown, succ. by A.N. Taylor
1983-84 H.L. Waterman D.J. Eldridge C. Greville Smith
1982-83 E.A. Davies H.L. Waterman D.J. Eldridge
1981-82 E.W.F. Hill E.A. Davies H.L. Waterman
1980-81 T. Davies E.W.F. Hill E.A. Davies
1979-80 C.R. Coward T. Davies E.W.F. Hill
1978-79 J.P. Hayes C.R. Coward T. Davies
1977-78 L.J. Carpenter J.P. Hayes C.R. Coward
1976-77 G.W. Burrow L.J. Carpenter J.P. Hayes
1975-76 F.G. Peacock G.W. Burrow L.J. Carpenter
1974-75 A.G. Hewett F.G. Peacock G.W. Burrow
1973-74 R.S.G. Hewett A.G. Hewett F.G. Peacock
1972-73 A.P. Hughes R.S.G. Hewett A.G. Hewett
1971-72 J.H. Page A.P. Hughes R.S.G. Hewett
1970-71 Charles John Maples J.H. Page A.P. Hughes
1969-70 Basil Aelfred Peter Winton-Lewis  Charles John Maples Lt.-Col. W.H. Bateman
1968-69 John Neal Drummond Basil Aelfred Peter Winton-Lewis  Charles John Maples
1967-68 Guy Scott Sanders-Hewett John Neal Drummond Basil Aelfred Peter Winton-Lewis 
1966-67 Alderman Sir Arnold Charles Trinder Guy Scott Sanders-Hewett John Neal Drummond
1965-66 Lt.-Col. Richard John James Bale Alderman Sir Arnold Charles Trinder Guy Scott Sanders-Hewett
1964-65 James Robertson Train Lt.-Col. Richard John James Bale Alderman Sir Arnold Charles Trinder
1963-64 Edward Vincent Smith James Robertson Train Lt.-Col. Richard John James Bale
1962-63 Ralph John Low Edward Vincent Smith Walter Harold Lawson
1961-62 Andrew George Polson Ralph John Low Edward Vincent Smith
1960-61 Robert Peter Graham Hewett Andrew George Polson Ralph John Low
1959-60 Maj. James Faulks Robert Peter Graham Hewett Andrew George Polson
1958-59 Raymond Cecil Deith Maj. James Faulks Robert Peter Graham Hewett
1957-58 Sidney Joshua Tungay Raymond Cecil Deith Maj. James Faulks
1956-57 Douglas Scott Hewett Sidney Joshua Tungay Raymond Cecil Deith
1955-56 Frederick John Monkhouse Douglas Scott Hewett Sidney Joshua Tungay
1954-55 Wilfred Adrian Monkhouse Frederick John Monkhouse Douglas Scott Hewett
1953-54 Alfred Schrader Vining Wilfred Adrian Monkhouse Frederick John Monkhouse
1952-53 Captn. Robert Roy Scott Hewett Alfred Schrader Vining Wilfred Adrian Monkhouse
1951-52 Kenneth Percival Strohmenger Captn. Robert Roy Scott Hewett Alfred Schrader Vining
1950-51 Graham Scott Hewett Kenneth Percival Strohmenger Captn. Robert Roy Scott Hewett
1949-50 Maj. James Faulks Graham Scott Hewett Kenneth Percival Strohmenger
1948-49 Arthur William Middleton Maj. James Faulks Graham Scott Hewett
1947-48 Raymond Cecil Deith Arthur William Middleton Maj. James Faulks
1946-47 Sidney Joshua Tungay Raymond Cecil Deith Arthur William Middleton
1945-46 Frederick John Monkhouse Sidney Joshua Tungay Raymond Cecil Deith
1944-45 Wilfred Adrian Monkhouse Frederick John Monkhouse Sidney Joshua Tungay
1943-44 Alfred Schrader Vining Wilfred Adrian Monkhouse Frederick John Monkhouse
1942-43 Captn. Robert Roy Scott Hewett Alfred Schrader Vining Wilfred Adrian Monkhouse
1941-42 Kenneth Percival Strohmenger Captn. Robert Roy Scott Hewett Alfred Schrader Vining
1940-41 Maj. James Faulks Kenneth Percival Strohmenger Captn. Robert Roy Scott Hewett
1939-40 Robert Muirhead Hewett Maj. James Faulks Kenneth Percival Strohmenger
1938-39 Arthur William Middleton Robert Muirhead Hewett Maj. James Faulks
1937-38 Sidney Joshua Tungay Arthur William Middleton Percy Beaumont Shepheard
1936-37 John Monkhouse Sidney Joshua Tungay Arthur William Middleton
1935-36 Walter Knight Summers John Monkhouse Sidney Joshua Tungay
1934-35 Athro Charles Knight Walter Knight Summers John Monkhouse
1933-34 Frederick Herbert Moore Athro Charles Knight Walter Knight Summers

 

 

Year Master and Upper Warden Renter Warden
1932-33 Robert Muirhead Hewett Frederick Herbert Moore
1931-32 Alfred Schrader Vining Frederick Herbert Moore
1930-31 James Howell Alfred Schrader Vining
1929-30 Alfred Ernest Prockter Alfred Schrader Vining
1928-29 Robert Roy Scott Hewett Alfred Ernest Prockter
1927-28 Howard Robert Simpson Robert Roy Scott Hewett
1926-27 Alfred Ernest Prockter Howard Robert Simpson
1925-26 Robert Muirhead Hewett Alfred Ernest Prockter
1924-25 James Howell Robert Muirhead Hewett
1923-24 Charles Brock Hunt Robert Muirhead Hewett
1922-23 James Howell Charles Brock Hunt
1921-22 James Howell Charles Brock Hunt
1920-21 Beaumont Shepheard James Howell
1919-20 Beaumont Shepheard James Howell
1918-19 Beaumont Shepheard James Howell
1917-18 ? James Howell
1916-17 Howard Robert Simpson James Howell
1915-16 Charles Brock Hunt Alfred Ernest Prockter
1914-15 Alfred James Shepheard Charles Brock Hunt
1913-14 Alfred Ernest Prockter Alfred James Shepheard
1912-13 Beaumont Shepheard Alfred Ernest Prockter
1911-12 Arthur Barnett Russell Beaumont Shepheard
1910-11 Howard Robert Simpson Arthur Barnett Russell
1909-10 Alfred Ernest Prockter Edward Moore
1908-09 Beaumont Shepheard Simpson, William Henry
1907-08 James Thomas Beaumont Shepheard
1906-07 Charles Brock Hunt Beaumont Shepheard
1905-06 Benjamin Brown Charles Brock Hunt
1904-05 Arthur Barnett Russell James Thomas
1903-04 Arthur Pouchin Silberrad Arthur Barnett Russell
1902-03 Howard Robert Simpson Arthur Barnett Russell
1901-02 James Thomas Howard Robert Simpson
1900-01 Alfred Ernest Prockter Howard Robert Simpson
1899-1900 Charles Brock Hunt Alfred Ernest Prockter
1898-99 Benjamin Brown John William Brett (died in office), succ. by Alfred Ernest Prockter
1897-98 Edward Moore Benjamin Brown
1896-97 Arthur Pouchin Silberrad Edward Moore
1895-96 Alfred James Shepheard Edward Moore
1894-95 William Henry Simpson Alfred James Shepheard
1893-94 James Thomas Alfred James Shepheard
1892-93 Graham King William Henry Simpson
1891-92 Charles Brock Hunt William Henry Simpson
1890-91 Richard Turner Charles Brock Hunt
1889-90 Benjamin Brown Richard Turner
1888-89 Arthur Pouchin Silberrad Benjamin Brown
1886-88 James Simpson Prockter Arthur Pouchin Silberrad
1884-86 Robert Stapleton James Simpson Prockter

 

 

Year Upper Warden  Renter Warden
1882-84 James Thomas Robert Stapleton
1880-82 Graham King James Thomas
1878-80 Charles Brock Hunt Graham King
1876-78 Richard Turner Charles Brock Hunt
1874-76 Charles Shepheard Richard Turner
1872-74 Antony Francis Bacon Charles Shepheard
1870-72 Antony Francis Bacon Benjamin Brown
1868-70 William Bacon Benjamin Brown
1866-68 Thomas Embery Rees William Bacon
1864-66 Arthur Pouchin Silberrad Thomas Embery Rees
1862-64 Richard Silberrad Arthur Pouchin Silberrad
1860-62 William Smith Thomas Toovey (resigned), succ. by Richard Silberrad
1858-60 Joseph Panrucker William Smith
1856-58 John Francis Bacon Joseph Panrucker
1854-56 William Warne John Francis Bacon
1852-54 Richard Silberrad William Warne
1850-52 Thomas Toovey Richard Silberrad
1848-50 Hugh Herron Thomas Toovey
1846-48 Joseph Panrucker Hugh Herron
1844-46 Samuel Page (died in office), succ. by Joseph Panrucker Edward Tewart, Edward, senior (died in office), succ. by Hugh Herron
1842-44 George Scrivens Samuel Page
1840-42 Henry Smith George Scrivens
1838-40 Edward Tewart, junior Henry Smith
1836-38 Richard Sawrey Cox Edward Tewart, junior
1834-36 William Handasyde John Wisker (died in office), succ. by Richard Sawrey Cox
1832-34 Andrew Ramsay William Handasyde
1830-32 Joseph Maynard Andrew Ramsay
1828-30 Hugh Herron Joseph Maynard
1826-28 Joseph Panrucker Hugh Herron
1824-26 Edward Tewart Joseph Panrucker
1822-24 Samuel Page Edward Tewart
1820-22 George Scrivens Samuel Page
1818-20 John Bason George Scrivens
1816-18 William Ghrimes John Bason
1814-16 James Cox William Ghrimes
1812-14 Gilbert Handasyde James Cox
1810-12 Richard Ward Gilbert Handasyde
1808-10 Alexander Thomas Cox Richard Ward
1806-08 John Dutton Alexander Thomas Cox
1804-06 Samuel Arnott John Dutton
1802-04 John Fearn Samuel Arnott
1800-02 Thomas Rogers John Fearn
1798-1800 John Chadwick Thomas Rogers
1796-98 Jonathan Delves John Chadwick
1794-96 Edward Falkner Jonathan Delves
1792-94 Edward Falkner Jonathan Delves
1790-92 Humphrey Jefferies Peregrine Hogg
1788-90 Humphrey Jefferies Peregrine Hogg
1786-88 William Welbanke Humphrey Jefferies
1784-86 Charles Lincoln William Welbanke
1782-84 William Leavis Charles Lincoln
1781-82 William Neale William Leavis
1779-81 William Neale William Leavis
1777-79 Jonathan Delves William Neale
1776-77 William Corrock Jonathan Delves
1774-76 William Corrock Jonathan Delves
1772-74 Thomas Grimstead William Corrock
1770-72 Obadiah Hulme Thomas Grimstead
1768-70 John Walters (died in office), succ. by John Furman John Furman, succ. by Obadiah Hulme
1700-68 [No names known]  
1699-1700 Samuel Fisher Downes Ward
1698-99    
1697-98    
1697-98 Nicholas Kember Samuel Fisher
1696-97    
1695-96 Geoffrey Woolfstone Nicholas Kember

 

 

Year Master Upper Warden Renter Warden
1694-95      
1693-94      
1692-93      
1691-92      
1690-91      
1689-90      
1688-89 Robert Chaundler Henry Hardinge Hugh Barry
1687-88      
1686-87      
1685-86 Thomas Murrey Robert Chaundler John Hurles
1684-85 Thomas Murrey Humphrey Goodspeed, senior Robert Chaundler
1683-84 Alexander Gray Richard James Humphrey Goodspeed
1682-83      
1681-82      
1680-81      
1679-80      
1678-79      
1677-78      
1676-77      
1675-76      
1674-75      
1673-74      
1672-73      
1671-72 Richard Stables Ralph Oliver Thomas Saunders
1670-71      
1669-70      
1668-69      
1667-68      
1666-67      
1665-66 John Goodspeed Joshua Oldfield Thomas Teague
1664-65      
1663-64      
1662-63 Baldwin Cuper John Weston Joshua Oldfield
1661-62 Baldwin Cuper John Weston Robert Staples

 

 

Year Warden 1 Warden 2
1603-61 [No names known]  
1602-03 David Powell Edward Sicklyng
1601-02    
1600-01 Robert Broughe William Osborne
1599-1600    
1598-99 Robert Kirbye Edmund Fayrfax
1597-98    
1596-97    
1595-96    
1594-95 John Howle Edmund Rolf
1593-94    
1592-93    
1591-92    
1590-91 Peter Michell Humphrey Daly
1589-90    
1588-89 John Johnson William Reynold
1587-88 Thomas Dowsing John Haywarde
1586-87    
1585-86 John Thompson John Haywarde
1584-85    
1583-84 David Powell John Howle
1582-83 Robert Broughe Roger Snowdon
1581-82    
1580-81 John Cockes John Hayes
1579-80 John Wardall John Johnson
1578-79    
1577-78 John Smyth John Thompson
1576-77    
1575-76 Thomas Crumpe David Powell
1574-75 William Longe Robert Broughe
1573-74 Richard Bletcher John Kilby
1572-73 John Philippes John Cockes
1571-72 John Hodgettes John Marten
1570-71 John Wardall Robert Kirbye
1569-70    
1568-69 Thomas Crumpe John Smyth
1567-68    
1566-67 William Longe Thomas Deane
1565-66    
1564-65    
1563-64    
1562-63    
1561-62    
1560-61 William Sherman Wardall, John
1559-60 William Sherman Wardall, John
1549-50    
1548-49    
1547-48    
1546-47    
1545-46 William Sherman William Northey
1544-45 William Smyth John Hervy
1543-44 Thomas Nele Nicholas Bageley
1542-43 Thomas Nele Nicholas Bageley
1541-42    
1540-41    
1539-40    
1538-39 John Wylshire Thomas Smith
1537-38 William Sherman Robert Hughson
1536-37 Thomas Higson Robert Michell
1535-36 William Smith John Fremynger
1534-35    
1533-34    
1532-33    
1531-32    
1529-31 John Wylshire Thomas Higson
1527-29 William Temple Lewis Owen 
1525-27 Thomas Cony Rutland, Richard
1524-25    
1523-24    
1521-23 John Wylshire Thomas Higson
1520-21    
1519-20 Christopher Pynkeney William Smith
1442-1519 [No names known]  
1441-42 John Hammond John Frampton
1440-41    
1439-40    
1438-39 Henry Hoggys John Large
1437-38    
1436-37    
1435-36    
1434-35    
1433-34    
1432-33 John Parker Thomas Scott
1431-32    
1430-31    
1429-30    
1428-29    
1427-28    
1426-27    
1425-26    
1424-25 Roger Daveney Walter Takeneswell
1423-24    
1422-23    
1421-22    
1420-21 John Hall Richard Otehill
1419-20    
1418-19 John Loveyn John Turnour
1388-1418 [No names known]  
1387-88 William Aystone Nicholas Minot
1386-87 Stephen Sethere Robert Verne
1385-86 Nicholas Bonet William Jerberge
1384-85    
1383-84    
1382-83    
1381-82 John Orchard John Shordich
1380-81    
1379-80    
1378-79    
1377-78    
1376-77 John Bonet Thomas Prentys