The word Loriner is derived from the Latin Lorum, a thong, bridle or reins, and seems to have entered the English language, from the French, as Lorimer.
The craft has long since disappeared from the City of London. The last working Loriner in London, Mr Chavasse of St Martin’s Lane (outside the City), was made an Honorary Freeman of the Company in the late nineteenth century.
It supports organisations including the Riding for the Disabled Association, the Pony club and has a strong relationships with the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, the Household Cavalry.
A set of stirrups for the State Coach’s postilion riders was presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the Golden Jubilee Year of 2002 and a specially commissioned bridle was presented to Her Majesty for her Diamond Jubilee.
HRH The Princess Royal, was Master in 1992.
The overseas market was almost as important as the home market for the prosperity of the saddlery and harness making trade in the nineteenth century. Large consignments were regularly sent all over the globe Britain’s …best customers, especially India, Canada, the South African Cape and Australia & South America all of them depended on the Walsall area for their saddler and harnesses.
However from the 1880s thro to 1890s , trade both with Europe and the colonial markets began to dwindle.
Now let s go back to its early history
The Company’s first Ordinances were granted in 1261,
In 1320 the Saddlers took advantage of a period of revolution to persuade the Mayor, Hamo de Chigwell, to have the Loriners’ Qrdinances publicly burned in Cheapside. But no sooner had Chigwell’s mayoralty come to an end, in 1327, that we find the Joiners, the Painters and the Loriners in both iron and copper up in arms against the Saddlers.
On Ascension Day in that year there was an affray in Cheapside and Wood Street between the allied crafts and the Saddlers in which several were slain and many wounded. All the contestants were summoned to Guildhall, to explain themselves to the Mayor and Sheriffs.
The Loriners and their allies said that the battle had been started by the Saddlers, who owed various members of the crafts almost £300 and who wanted to compel the craftsmen to deal exclusively with them.
The Mayor appointed six Aldermen to decide who was in the right. The first hearing was adjourned in some confusion, so many members of all the crafts having turned up. The next day the Aldermen decided the matter in favour of the Loriners and their allies, the Saddlers being obliged to promise to conspire no more against the three crafts, or else pay ten tuns of wine to the Commonalty of London
Maxwell George Lorimer, known as Max Wall(1908–1990), English comedian and actor