Visiting Watermen’s Hall

We are already taking reservations for guided tours of Watermen’s Hall for March and April 2019. Tours normally take place on a Monday and and are for parties of between 10 -35 people. The cost from March 2019 is £15.00 a head with all the proceeds going towards the preservation and maintenance of the Georgian … read more

Ladies’ Christmas Luncheon

The  Ladies’ Christmas Luncheon organised by the Ladies’ Committee has now sold out. If you would like to be on the waiting list please contact Carol Ratcliffe If you are not on our database and would like  to be kept informed of the of events organised by the Ladies’ Committee please let us have your … read more

State Visit from The Netherlands

The Royal Watermen were on duty for the recent State Visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands. The Watermen assembled in the Royal Mews before boarding the carriages to pick up the VIPs on Horseguards’ Parade and on to Buckingham Palace. Royal Watermen perform this duty to replicate the time when the … read more

Court of Bindings

The Court of Bindings will next sit on 14 January 2019 Any Freeman interested in apprenticing a young person training to become a Waterman and Lighterman should contact Kelly Lesurf, our Training Administrator,.

Woolwich Ferry New Names

The two  new state of the art boats are being delivered  to the Woolwich Ferry next year have now  been official named- They are to be called the Ben Woollacott, after the former desk hand who died whilst working on the ferry  in 2011 and the Dame Vera Lynn, the legendary singer from the East … read more

A Message from The Master

It is an immense honour and privilege to be elected to serve as the 192nd Master of the Company. Introduction to the Master – Dr. Iain Reid My link with the Thames started when I began to row, aged twelve, from the Emanuel School boathouse at Barnes Bridge – and where I first learned to … read more

Quarterly Court Meetings

At the meeting of the Court of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen held on the 3rd of October 2018– Craft Owning Freemen George Hammond and Ted Manning were appointed as Court Assistants. Freeman Robert Dwan was admitted as a Craft Owning Freeman. At the  Court meeting held on 3rd July 2018 the following attended … read more

Henley Sculling Camp

This year’s Sculling Camp was held on the 28th to 29th of September. The weekend started on the Friday night with a curry supper aboard one of Past Master John Salter’s boats.  with rowing and training at Upper Thames Rowing Club on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner on the Saturday night was at the Red Lion … read more

Watermen’s Company “Roll of Honour”

Watermen’s Company “Roll of Honour” With the centenary of the end of WWI approaching kindly note that Company’s Roll of Honour may be viewed on the Company website at

Sheriffs’ Rowing Challenge

Sheriffs’ Rowing Challenge – 18th September 2018 The Master welcomes the Watermen’s crew at the finish: Craft Owning Freemen Chris Gooderidge, Derek Whyatt, Sue Perry-Whitehead (passenger), Nick Paul (cox) Tony Bull (leader) & Philip Foster, Past Master Jeremy Randall and Geoff Probert (Phyllis Court Rowing Club).

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