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What is the Livery?
The social and economic conditions which gave birth to many of the original guilds have long since been overtaken by the development of industry and commerce,
but the livery companies still flourish today as living institutions.
Their survival has been achieved by doing what they have always done:
fostering their trades in a wide context, serving the community,
and embracing modern skills and professions.
There are now 111 livery companies in the City of London, from the Actuaries to the World Traders, from the Mercers (with a precedence order of one) and the Weavers (charter of 1272) to the Nurses (no. 111; 2023).