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Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers | Wikipedia audio article

Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers | Wikipedia audio article


The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers
is one of the ancient livery companies of the City of London. The organisation, which engaged not only in
tallow candle making but also in the trade of oils, first received a Royal Charter in
1462. Traditionally tallow chandlers operated separately
from wax chandlers: beeswax candles customarily being used in churches and noble houses, while
tallow (animal fat) candles were generally used in other homes. As is the case with most other livery companies,
the Tallow Chandlers’ Company is no longer a trade association of candlemakers, its decline
precipitated by the advent of electric lighting. The company now exists as a charitable institution
and supports education in oil-related fields. The company ranks 21st in the Precedence of
Livery Companies in the City of London. Its motto is Ecce Agnus Dei, Ecce Qui Tollit
Peccata Mundi: Latin for “Behold the Lamb of God, Who Takes Away the Sins of the World”,
words of St John the Baptist (Patron Saint of the Company) in reference to Jesus.==External links==
The Tallow Chandlers’ Company

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