Doggett’s Emblem and Rowing Awards

On Tuesday 29th of January the first Doggett’s Emblem and Rowing Awards Dinner was held at Watermen’s Hall.  At this very well attended event  the presentations were made by The Master, Dr Iain Reid and the Prime Warden of the FIshmongers’ Company, Mr David Robinson.  Mr Robinson presented the Doggett’s medal to the runner up … read more


Court of Bindings

At the Court of Bindings held on the 14 January 2019  we welcomed 16 new apprentices and trainees on to the river. They included: Thomas Allen, Sam Barrow, Anthony Cook, Michael Creasey, Stuart Freeman, Daniel Gilbert, Tyron Hillhouse, Andrew Keywood, Skyla Merriman-Thomas, James Miles, Christopher Murr, Sam Neicho, Christopher Rogers, Paul Sawkins, Oliver Scott and Nicholas Tudor. … read more


The Annual Thames Draw-Off

Every year the half-tide lock at Richmond is kept in the raised position for several weeks, meaning that the stretch of river upstream as far as Teddington empties completely at low tide in the annual Thames Draw-Off. The procedure allows essential river works to be carried out, such as dredging and excavating, which would otherwise … read more


Visiting Watermen’s Hall

We are now taking reservations for guided tours of Watermen’s Hall for March and April 2019. Each 1.5 hour tour includes expert guidance on the history, artifacts and memorabilia of the Company and its Georgian Hall, and is followed by light refreshments. Tours normally take place on a Monday and and are for parties of … read more


Poors Compassionate Allowance

The Trustees of the Watermen’s Company Poors Fund were delighted this year to be able to increase the amount given at Christmas to those on the Compassionate List. This is thanks to the generosity of all those Freemen who pay quarterage. We know how much this means to those who received the annual allowance from … read more


New Vicar for All Hallows by the Tower

The Bishop of London has appointed The Rev’d Katherine Hedderly as the new Vicar of All Hallows. Katherine is currently an Associate Vicar for Ministry at St Martin in the Fields, where she leads the day-to-day worship and liturgical programme and operational life of S Martin’s and is responsible for the pastoral care, oversight of … read more


Crossings on the River

New Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf Crossing  A consultation has taken place regarding a new bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf for cyclists and pedestrians. The next phase commences later this year, when stakeholders will be consulted once again. Watermen will be concerned about the impact a bridge would have on river traffic and navigation on … read more


Annual National Service for Seafarers

This annual Service was started by Capt. R. Hubbard in 1905 when he suggested in a letter to newspapers that on the centenary of the death of Nelson it would be a fitting occasion for the inauguration of an annual seamen’s service at St Paul’s. Some 113 years later the Annual National Service for Seafarers … read more


The PQs

In 2016 the Court decided to wind up the very successful ‘500 Club’ – the group of Freemen whose donations had financed the Company’s 500th Anniversary celebrations. However, a number of those Freemen indicated that they were keen to continue making voluntary contributions to support the Company’s objectives. The result was a new fund, to … read more


State Visit from The Netherlands

The Royal Watermen were on duty for the recent State Visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands. The Watermen assembled in the Royal Mews before boarding the carriages to pick up the VIPs on Horseguards’ Parade and on to Buckingham Palace. Royal Watermen perform this duty to replicate the time when the … read more


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