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.
Following his Installation the new Master, Dr Iain Reid (centre) is pictured with (L to R): Sir David Wootton (Junior Warden) Tony Maynard (Senior Warden), and Gina Blair and Sean Collins (Junior Wardens).
The Master Dr Iain Reid and the Mistress Mrs Susan Keane
The Company is governed by a Court of Assistants, led by the Master and four Wardens, who are elected annually by the Court.
Collection of Uniforms, Coats & Badges -2nd Edition
A new updated edition of the Collection of Uniforms, Coats and Badges has now been printed. This pictures some of the Company’s Collection of Uniforms. Coats and Badges over the years. This original print run sold out and copies of the new edition are now available from Watermen’s Hall. The cost is £10.00 plus postage … read more
Doggett’s Coat & Badge 2018
This year’s Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager took place on 4th September 2018. This competitors were Alfie Anderson, 23 (Poplar, Blackwall and District RC) and George McCarthy, 24 (Globe RC). Following the Draw, which had taken place at Watermen’s Hall on 12 July, Anderson rowed in orange from Station 4, while McCarthy wore green on … read more