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.
TRAINING REMINDERS Interested in being bound The next Court of Bindings is on 22nd June 2018, please call Kelly Lesurf on 0207 283 2373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application form. Already bound Our Training Officer, Craft-Owning Freeman Alex Hickman runs a monthly open training surgery at Watermen’s Hall. The next 2 surgeries are … read more
Craft Owning Freemen
As a Craft Owning Freemen you are already familiar with the benefits of being a member of such a historic Guild as the Watermen’s Company. These include being able to book for the various events the Company and its Charities hold during the year and hiring Watermen’s Hall for your own events at a discounted … read more