The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames was founded in 1514, when the earliest Act of Parliament for regulating watermen, wherrymen and bargemen received Royal Assent from King Henry VIII.
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.
In 1780 The Company moved into its own purpose built hall in St Mary at Hill, where we can still be found today. The Company is a working guild and is very actively involved with the life of the River and those who work on it. The Company is governed by a Court of Assistants, led by the Master and four Wardens, who are elected annually by the Court.
Master’s Installation July 2023
The Master is pictured above, with his Wardens
Master Ted Gradosielski BEM installed as the 197th Master of the Watermen’s Company, pictured with (L to R) Immediate past Master Ald. Sir David Wootton, Junior Warden Sean Collins, Junior Warden Graham Barnard, Senior Warden Ted Manning along with newly installed Junior Warden David Beard.
Following the installation the entire Court processed to All Hallows by the Tower for a wonderful service followed by a celebratory lunch on board The Elizabethan.
Christmas Carol Service & Supper – 12th December 2023
We would like to invite you to our Christmas Carol Service followed by a supper at Watermen’s Hall on Tuesday 12th December. Please join us at All Hallows by the Tower for the Carol service which will begin at promptly 18: 00, please be seated in the Church by 17:45 All Hallows by the Tower
Join the festive fun at Watermen’s Hall – December 2023
There are three opportunities to join in with the festive fun at Watermen’s Hall this December. Alongside a wonderful lunch, and the live music, is also our raffle – with lots more wonderful prizes – to help raise funds for our historic building, and to support the work of our Company. Join us on either:
Watermen’s Hall is one of the City of London’s finest venues for conferences, banquets, receptions, award ceremonies, business meetings, wedding receptions, private dining and silver service luncheons for up to 80 people.
This 18th century Georgian Hall graces the City with its historical elegance and spaces to suit every occasion.
Please contact Mark Grove at The Cook and The Butler, either by phone or email, for all hiring enquiries:
Telephone: 020 7620 1818
Fax: 020 7620 1820
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