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.
Doggett’s Coat & Badge
4 September 2018. All Craft Owning and Journeyman Freemen are invited to book their places to watch this year’s Doggett’s Wager on the Company’s following boat, the PV Mercia. Tickets are £90, which includes a glass of Pimms on arrival and a buffet supper with wine aboard the Mercia. Boarding will take place at St … read more
Barge Driving Race 30th June 2018
Thames Barge Driving Event – 30 June 2018 A very exciting race with one of the closest finishes for sometime attracted many following boats and crowds cheering from the Bridges, took place on Saturday, The first three barges crossing the line at Westminister Bridge were- 1 Balmoral – with the MBNA Thames Clippers crew. 2 … read more