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 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.
The Master, Mr Simon McCarthy attended the John Henry Christmas Luncheon organised by the Lighterage Committee last Friday at the Union Jack Club. This was very well attended and gave all those present a chance to catch up with old friends.
If you are looking for a gift that is a little special why not purchase one of the new Company Mugs – bone china with the Company crest on the front. These are £10.00 plus postage and packing. USB Stick featuring the Apprentice Lighterman – the Company’s Barge. At £12.00 plus postage and packing an … read more