Doggett’s Coat & Badge

Four apprentices will contest the world’s oldest rowing race on 4 September.  Held every year since 1715, the 4 mile 5 furlong Doggett’s course between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier, Chelsea, passes beneath a total of eleven bridges and is a real test of the scullers’ watermanship. The draw for stations took place at Watermen’s Hall

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Court of Admissions

Monday 8 July 2019 Eight new Freemen took their oaths  Watermen’s Hall. Many congratulations to you all.             Photograph by Alex Hickman taken in the Freemen’s Room at Watermens Hall.  L-R: James Berry, Jack Finelli, George Gilbert, Joe McCarthy, Max Wilson, Andrew Coppin, Patrick Keech and Christopher Davis

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Thames Historic Barge Driving Race

On Sat 6 July the River Thames  Barge Driving Race took place.  A unique race run over a gruelling 7-mile course between Greenwich & Westminster. Barges are nearly 100 years old, manned by Freemen and Apprentices  of the Watermen’s Company using oars or ‘sweeps’ which are 15ft long. The winning Barge this year was the

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Tudor Pull

SATURDAY 29 June 2019 The Tudor Pull took place  starting with  a ceremony at Hampton Court Palace where the Stele (a piece of old London Water Pipe representing Crown Jewels) is handed to Her Majesty’s Bargemaster, Past Master Chris Livett, to take aboard the “Gloriana” for the voyage down to the Tower of London. The

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Quarterly Court – Admittance of New Freemen

The Master and his Wardens pictured in the Court Room At the meeting of 2nd July 2019 the following attended to take their Oath to the Company and be admitted as Craft Owning Freemen – Peter Perry, Daniel Walker,Joseph Ellis, Geoffrey Probart and Steven Summers. At the meeting held on 3rd April 2019 the following

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Royal Bargemasters

This is the first book to look at Britain’s colourful history through the eyes of a Royal Barge master. Written by a former Royal Watermen and Barge master, Robert Crouch and Beryl Pendley,  who spend 10 years as Assistant to York Herald at the College of Arms This beautifully illustrated book will appeal to all who

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Thames Memorial at All Hallows by the Tower

The Service for the Dedication of the Thames Memorial at All Hallows by the Tower was held on the 25th June 2019. The Master of the Company, Dr Iain Reid lit a candle in memory of the lives lost on the Thames and also placed  flowers by the new Thames Memorial.       The

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Court of Bindings

At Watermen’s Hall today eleven new apprentices and trainees were bound. Well done and congratulations to all. Gathered below in the Freemen’s Room 10th June 2019 our new apprentices and trainees  In alphabetical order: Joe Baker, Max Baker, Artem Bondarenko, Brandon Cripps, Harry Dovydovas, Mason Knowles, Callum Paige, Henry Pelham, Andrew Stones, Andrew Stylianou and Max Turner. For

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Knollys Rose Ceremony

The annual Knollys Rose ceremony was held on Monday 17 June where the rose was presented to the Lord Mayor on an alter cushion carried by the Verger of All Hallows-by-the-Tower, accompanied by the Vicar and the Churchwardens From left: All Hallows representative, Doggett representative; Dan Arnold, Company Bargemaster; Robert Coleman, The Mistress; Mrs Susan

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Master’s River Inspection – Monday 29 April 2019

The Master’s annual River Inspection         Photo (from left): Court Assistant George Hammond, the Master Barber, the Master Dr. Iain Reid, Hon Court Assistant Graham Barnard, Court Assistant Ted Manning, Past Master Jeremy Randall, Past Master Emeritus Ken Dwan OLY, Senior Warden Master Elect Tony Maynard, Court Assistant Ted Gradosielski, Junior Warden

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