The Company of Watermen and Lightermen

In 1514 the earliest Act of Parliament for regulating watermen, wherrymen and bargemen received Royal Assent from King Henry VIII.

In 2014 the Company celebrated the 500th anniversary of that Act.

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 still actively involved with the life of the River and those who work on it.


The Master and Wardens for 2016/2017

 From left to right Junior Warden Dr Iain Reid , Senior Warden Mr Simon McCarthy, The Master John Salter, Junior Wardens Mr Tony Maynard and Mrs Gina Blair.


The Master, Mr John Salter, afloat.

Watermen's Hall

Court of Bindings June 2017

The Court of Bindings took place at Watermen’s Hall on- Friday, 23rd June 2017. Twelve  new apprentices and trainees were bound to the Company – the start of a great career on the Thames. We wish them all the very best of  luck.

Alex Hickman

The Training Officer, Mr Alex  Hickman, received his Freedom of the City of London last Friday. Alex will be attending the July Court meeting to become a Craft Owning Freeman  of the Company.

The Company of Watermen and Lightermen, 16 - 18 St-Mary-at-Hill, London, EC3R 8EF

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