The Company of Watermen and Lightermen

In 1514 the earliest Act of Parliament for regulating watermen, wherrymen and bargemen received Royal Assent from King Henry VIII.

In 2014 the Company celebrated the 500th anniversary of that Act.

Under a further Act of 1555  the Company introduced apprenticeships for those wishing to learn the skills of the Watermen. In 1700 the Lightermen (carriers of goods/cargo) joined  the Watermen’s Company.  

The Company is a working guild and is still actively involved with the life of the River and those who work on it.


The Master and Wardens for 2016/2017

 From left to right Junior Warden Dr Iain Reid , Senior Warden Mr Simon McCarthy, The Master John Salter, Junior Wardens Mr Tony Maynard and Mrs Gina Blair.


The Master, Mr John Salter, afloat.

Watermen's Hall

Election of Master for forthcoming Company Year

Mr Simon McCarthy was elected as Master for the Company year 2017-2018. Senior Warden Master Elect McCarthy will take office as from 12th July 2017. Picture below are- Ben Folkard, Watermen to the Company, Mr Simon McCarthy Senior Warden Master Elect, Mr John Salter The Master, Mr Robbie Colemen, The Company’s Bargemaster.

The River Thames Luncheon Club

We are delighted to announce the return of the River Thames Luncheon Club. The dates are – Friday 12th May Friday 16th June Friday 14th July AUGUST – CLOSED Friday 8th September Friday 13th October Friday 10th November Friday 15th December The inclusive package will include a five course taster luncheon menu with interesting wines at … read more

The Company of Watermen and Lightermen, 16 - 18 St-Mary-at-Hill, London, EC3R 8EF

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