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

Tudor Pull

Held on Sunday 23rd of  April 2017 the Tudor Pull is a ceremonial event for Thames Watermen’s Cutters which is organized each year by the Thames Traditional Rowing Association (TTRA) The cutters are dressed in  full regalia, with  crews of four rowing the 34-feet long 18th century-style cutters from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower … read more

Election of Master for forthcoming Company Year

Mr Simon McCarthy was elected as Master for the Company year 2017-2018. Senior Warden Master Elect McCarthy will take office as from 12th July 2017. Picture below are- Ben Folkard, Watermen to the Company, Mr Simon McCarthy Senior Warden Master Elect, Mr John Salter The Master, Mr Robbie Colemen, The Company’s Bargemaster.

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

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