The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

Doggett’s Race – Latest News!

Four watermen will race on Friday in the oldest continuous sporting event in the world. Two first-time entrants will compete against two who took part last year, and all will want to win! To find out more about our competitors, read their interviews. For the first time we will be streaming the race live from

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Training Manager Vacancy

About us The Company of Watermen and Lightermen is a working guild, providing services to its Freemen, facilitating an apprenticeship scheme, acting as trustee for its charities and participating in the traditions of the City of London. We have worked from our Hall in the City of London since 1780, ensuring that all those who

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Where Smooth Waters Glide

An exhibition marking 250 years of caring for the River Thames by the former Thames Conservancy is now available here.

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The Alex Hickman Memorial Race – 14th August 2021

The Alex Hickman Memorial Race will take part on Saturday 14th August 2021 between Greenwich Reach & Westminster Bridge. The race will see apprentice waterman rowing traditional Thames lighters along a 7 mile course passing beneath London’s bridges & past some of London’s most famous sights. One Freeman will be aboard each barge to provide

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Master’s River Inspection

This year Master’s River Inspection took please on the  26 May 2021. This was was well attended by Members of the Court. Being as the previous years inspection was cancelled it was good to be back on the River Thames.. The  Master, Mrs GIna Blair (above) Photo courtesy of: Past Master, Jeremy Randall

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Court of Bindings at Watermen’s Hall – 17 May 2021

Our first physical Court of Bindings for sometime was  held at the Watermens  Hall for 4 new apprentices . These were Robert Crouch – Master: Bob Crouch Connor Dunbar – Master: Darren Knight Scott Dunbar – Master: Darren Knight Richard McIver Good luck and a successful career to all

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Doggett’s Draw 2020

The Draw took place on 17 May at Watermen’s Hall for the rescheduled 2020 Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race to take place on 25 June 2021. L to R: Max Carter-Miller, James Berry, Coran Cherry, George Gilbert You can now read interviews with all four competitors – good luck to them all!

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Court of Admissions

Three new Freemen took their oaths at Watermen’s Hall on Monday 17 May – many congratulations to you all. From left: Daniel Mann; Coran Cherry; the Master, Mrs Gina Blair; Max Carter-Miller   Photo: Watermen’s Company

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Hall tours

Regretfully at the moment we are unable to take any bookings for Hall tours due to current restrictions. As  soon as we are able we hope to be able to announce that we are opening our doors again to visit the Hall. For further information please contact carol@watermenshall.org  

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Senior Warden Master Elect

At the Court meeting held on 7th April Senior Warden Derek Mann was appointed as Master Elect. Derek’s installation will be on 14th July.  

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