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Livery Company Membership Guide

 


 

Watermen and Lightermen's Company

 


The freedom admission records of this company are not indexed.

As far as can be ascertained, however, all freemen of this company were, until the late 19th century, admitted by apprenticeship (not by patrimony or redemption), and all dates of freedom are entered in the apprenticeship registers, 1688-1908 (Ms 6289/1-24), which are indexed for all dates except 1743-4. However a separate index to apprentice bindings 1692-1908 has been compiled by R J Cottrell, a microfiche copy of which is available in both the Manuscripts Section and Printed Books Section. We advise readers to consult this index first.

The apprentices' affidavit books, 1759-1897 (Ms 6291), recording dates and place of birth and/or baptism, have also been indexed by R J Cottrell; a microfiche copy of this index is available in the Printed Books Section.

From 1865, watermen and lightermen too old to serve an apprenticeship could obtain a licence by being contracted (i.e. articled) for two years. The register of contracts (Ms 19548A) records contracts 1865-1926, and has been indexed by R J Cottrell; a microfiche copy of this index is available in the Manuscripts Section and Printed Books Section.

N.B. MICROFILM: all Watermen and Lightermen's Company records listed below must be consulted on microfilm.


 APPRENTICE BINDINGS BOOKS:

Ms 6289/1 1688-93 (Index at back of vol)
              /2 1693-97 (   "    "    "    "   " )
              /3 1697-1706 (   "    "    "    "   " )
              /4 1706-12 (   "    "    "    "   " )
              /5  1712-19 (   "    "    "    "   " )
              /6 1719-25  (   "    "    "    "   " )
              /7  1725-35  (Index for 1725-31 at front of vol; index for 1732-5 at back)
              /8 1735-44  (Index for 1735-42 only at back)
              /9 1745-56 (Indexed in Ms 6289/22)
              /10  1756-69 (     "      "   "        "    )
              /11 1769-82 (     "      "   "        "    )
              /12 1782-94 (     "      "   "        "    )
              /13 1794-1802 (     "      "   "        "    )
              /14 1803-14 (Index at back of vol)
              /15   1815-28  (    "    "   "     "  "  )
              /16 1828-41 (    "    "   "     "  "  )
              /17  1841-52  (Index at front of vol)
              /18  1853-59 (    "    "    "     "  " )
              /19 1860-66 (    "    "    "     "  " )
              /20 1867-74 (    "    "    "     "  " )
              /21  1874-84 (    "    "    "     "  " )
[             /22 1745-1802 (Index to vols 9-13)       ]
              /23 1884-95  (    "    "    "     "  " )
              /24 1895-1908 (    "    "    "     "  " )
     
Ms 6298/16 1907-18 (Receiversí accounts; unindexed)
              /17 1918-30  
              /20  1927-42  

ALPHABETICAL LISTS OF APPRENTICES:

Ms 19546 1939-44 (Gives dates of binding)
     

 APPRENTICES' AFFIDAVIT BOOKS:

(recording dates and places of birth and/or baptism; arranged by date of binding)

Ms 6291/1 1759-79
              /2 1780-93
              /3  1793-1807
              /4 1808-35
              /5   1836-66
              /6   1867-97

REGISTER OF CONTRACTS:

(for those too old to serve an apprenticeship)

Ms 19548A   1865-1926 (Indexed)

QUARTERAGE BOOKS: 

Ms 6819/1 1764-7
     
Ms 6404  1785-96 (Arranged by collectors' names)
Ms 6402/1 1796-1804 (Both vols arranged by collectors'
              /3 1805-23 names)
     
Ms 6401/1 ca.1808-59  : A - L  
              /2 ca.1804-59  : M - Y  
              /3 1859-80       : A - K  
              /4         "           : L - Y  
              /4A 1880-1903   : A - K  
              /5          "           : L - Y  
              /6  1901-23       : A - K  
              /7         "           : L - Z  

COURT MINUTES:

Ms 6287/1-21 1700-1887 (All vols unindexed)

Last updated August 2007

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