The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of The River Thames

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

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 very actively involved with the life of the River and those who work on it.


The Company is governed by a Court of Assistants led by the Master and four Wardens, who are elected annually by the Court., The Master for this year is Mr Simon McCarthy, shown  above with three of his Wardens. Senior Warden Dr Iain Reid, Junior Wardens Mrs Gina Blair and Mr Tony Maynard. Junior Warden Sean Collins was unable to be present at the Installation Court on 12th July 2017.

Watermen's Hall

Doggett’s Emblem Evening

DOGGETT’S EMBLEM & ROWING AWARDS at Watermen’s Hall, Monday 29 January 2018 – 18:30 to 21:00 All Freemen, Apprentices & Trainees, and their guests are invited to attend this evening of celebration of the achievements of the Company’s rowers over the past year. After the presentations, a buffet supper will be served, so it is … read more

Inter Livery Clay Shoot 2018

Wednesday 16th May 2018 at Holland and Holland shooting ground in Northwood, Middleesex, The cost is £180.00 per head. For more details please click on the link below of email Court Assistant Ted Gradosielski on ted.grade@thechapelbarn.com INTER LIVERY CLAY SHOOT 2018

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

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