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.

From left to right – Junior Warden Sir David Wootton, Senior Warden Tony Maynard, The Master, Junior Wardens GIna Blair and  Sean Collins.

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 Dr Iain Reid,  Senior Warden Mr Tony Maynard, Junior Wardens Mrs Gina Blair, Mr Sean Collins and Sir David Wootton.

Watermen's Hall


The Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager will take place on Tuesday 4th September starting at 1600 hours. The Company will have a board following the Race and all Freemen may apply for tickets. To book please complete and return the enclosed booking form as soon as is possible. Doggetts Booking Form This year Doggett’s Coat … read more

The Company Christmas Cards 2018

The new Company Christmas cards  are now available from the Hall. If you remember last year we sold out very quickly so don’t delay. The picture chosen this year is – The Lower Pool 09 (that’s 1909) by Charles Edward Dixon A order for is attached  and all proceeds go to  Royal Benevolent Fund for … read more

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