The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

Burn’s Night Celebrations 21st January

A splendid evening was experienced by all dining at Watermen’s Hall who enjoyed a traditional ‘Burns Night’ menu. Below – The Master cutting  the haggis under the watchful eye of Master of Ceremonies Bob Nesbit. Photo by the Clerk.

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Raising the Bar for River Workers’ Safety Training

The following letter has been send out of behalf of the Port of London Authority and the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames A partnership to promote the highest safety standards for all boat operators on the tidal Thames has been launched by the Company of Waterman & Lighterman and the Port

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Library Search

The Company has a library of around 1000 books, maps and archive items, ranging from readily-available current and recent publications to 500-year-old handwritten records and archives.   The library is not open for browsing or lending books, but Freemen of the Company and accredited researchers can search the library index to identify books or archives they

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Restoration of Portrait George Maynard

The Lambeth Archives have managed to raise the funds to restore their potrait of waterman  George Maynard and he is just back and will go on display in the Town Hall in Brixton. It is hoped to have an  unveiling/ celebration. The  contemporary frame was also smartened up and luckily did not fall foul of the

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Court of Bindings January 2020

At the Court of Bindings held on 13th January at Watermen’s Hall  the following became new apprentices – William Coombs, Louie Day,Rudi Hale,Charlie Horton,Joseph Howlett, Jacob Lane,Oliver Lee, Tomas McGrath,Pascal Papis, Ronald Richardson,Axel Sparks,James White,Frankie Irving We look forward to welcoming you all back at the Hall during your training.

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Quarterly Court – Admittance of New Freemen

The Master and his Wardens pictured in the Court Room At the meeting of 8th January 2020 Mrs Geraldine Bil, Mrs Mary Barrow, Dr Graham Collier, Mr David Jarrad and Mr Alexander Tribeck were admitted as Craft Owning Freemen. Doggett’s winner Mr Alfie Anderson was admitted as a Waterman to the Company. At the meeting

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Watermen’s Clothing

In conjunction with Ascot Promotions we are very excited about our new range of Watermen’s clothing.  We have fleeces, polo shirt and caps to offer.  All available for Ladies and Gentlemen/ Please click on the link above to see the new range – all come in a selection of sizes and colours. Ideal Christmas presents!!

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The Illuminated River Project

  The Illuminated River Project is currently underway in London and will, on completion, incorporate up to 15 bridges from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge. At 2.5 miles in length, it will be the longest public art commission in the World. London architects; Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands together with American light artist; Leo Villareal were the

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Draw Off Walk 15 November 2019

Over 25 apprentices and  enjoyed a rather damp Draw Off Walk on Friday 15th November. They were kindly given a guided tour of the workings at Teddington Lock and also a tour and talk by Mark Edwards MBE at Richmond Bridge Boathouses about wherries and skiffs and watched traditional boat building in action. Photos courtesy

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Havengore Remembrance Day Service

The Master and Mistress, Tony and Sue Maynard, pictured with the Master Mariner, Capt. Jim Barclay, were attended by the Bargemaster, Robert Coleman, and Doggett’s Winners Jack Keech, Ben Folkard, Patrick Keech and Dan Arnold.

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