Members of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen, members of the Knollys family and representatives of All Hallows by the Tower Church were present on 20 June 2018 to see the annual cutting of the Rose and then processed to Mansion House, where the Rose was presented to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.
The ceremony commemorates an ancient City judgement passed by the then Lord Mayor of London, Sir William Walworth, in 1381.
Whilst her husband, Sir Robert fought in France, Lady Constance Knollys acquired property opposite her house in Seething Lane.
On his return from war Sir Robert, Knight of the Hundred Years war, capturer of Calais and Picady, discovered that his wife was in trouble with the City authorities. Sir Robert sought retrospective planning permission by way of his friend, the Lord Mayor, Sir William Walworth. And so, the Lord Mayor’s court ruled that:
“The said Messier Robert and Constance, his wife, shall have and hold the Haut Pas, they and their heirs and assigns for ever. Rendering yearly unto the Chamberlain of the Guildhall of the said City one red rose”.
In the same year that this fine was imposed Sir Robert Knollys, together with Sir William Walworth were enjoying acclaim from the London populace for their success in suppressing the Peasants’ Revolt and the safe freeing of King Richard II from the Tower.
Pictured above: the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, the Master of the Watermen’s Company, Court Members and representatives of All Hallows by the Tower at Mansion House.
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