Thursday, 10 March 2011


On Friday Alastair Ross and myself travelled to Exeter for a dinner held by the Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers and Shearmen of Exeter.  This dinner in March is always by tradition one the Master Draper and Master Clothworker are invited to attend. This year we were also joined  by Simon Hyslop, High Master of the Clothiers' Company of Worcester.

The Exeter guild for the past 540 years has occupied the beautiful Tuckers Hall in Fore Street, Exeter.  The Hall is small and the the membership of the Incorporation's Court is limited  to 27 as this is about the maximum that can dine at any one time. For more details go to

We saw the preparatory work that is now being undertaken to develop the Hall to ensure that it remains at the heart of Exeter life.  We are delighted as a Company to have made a small contribution to this project.
The beautiful barrel-vaulted ceiling of Tuckers Hall, now well over half a millennium old.
The company led by Master Graham Murrin entertained us exceptionally with an outstanding menu prepared by the noted local chef Michael Caines (see for more details).

We much value our links with the Incorporation and it was good to reinforce them and be so generously looked after.

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