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.
Mrs Gina Blair The 194th Master of the Watermen’s Company .
The Watermen’s Company installed its 194th Master, Mrs Gina Blair, on Wednesday, 8th July at Watermen’s Hall. The ceremony was held partly with the Master and some Wardens physically present with the rest of the Court watching on Zoom. A celebratory small lunch observing social distancing followed. Derek Mann was installed as Senior Warden, with Alderman Sir David Wootton, Ted Gradosielski BEM and Mrs Annamarie Phelps CBE as Junior Wardens
Some helpful links –
The Company Calender
The River Thames Lunch Club
The Watermen’s Company Shop
River Thames Luncheon Club
With the Luncheon Club fully booked for October, November and December The Master & Clerk of the Watermens Company have made arrangements for two extra dates to be available Friday 23rd October 2020 Friday 20th November 2020 Maximum table of 6 Guests Please email should you wish to make a booking River Thames Luncheon Club Mark
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OPEN HOUSE LONDON
in light of the latest guidance given regretfully Watermen’s Hall will NOT now be taking part in Open House London. We do hope to arrange a special Saturday tour/s once the situation has changed.
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