In recognition of Stoneham’s continuing, direct and significant supply of goods and services to the Royal Households of the Queen over a minimum period of five consecutive years, Stoneham were granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1995.
From earliest times the monarch and court, like any other household, needed goods and services – from making robes to repairing roofs. Competition for Royal favour was intense. So the monarch had the pick of the country’s most skilled and talented trades people.
The first rewards for this loyal service were Royal Charters granted to the trade guilds, later known as livery companies. By the 15th century Royal tradesmen were recognised with a Royal Warrant of Appointment. An early recipient was William Caxton, England’s first printer, who was appointed King’s printer in 1476. The Royal Arms and accompanying legend are proudly displayed on Stoneham’s literature, vehicles and buildings. “Credibility, dependability and loyalty”