The Plumbers Company, whilst focused on the City of London, is international and is always keen to admit new members, men and women, into the appropriate membership category of the Company. To take a full part in the Livery though means becoming a full Liveryman — which we would encourage all applicants to become or aspire to.
All members of the Plumbers Company are asked to sign up to our Aims and Objectives, these can be found by clicking here. Whilst broad and diverse, we maintain high standards and encourage active participation in our work .
There are three principal categories of membership to suit individual circumstances:
Liverymen: Today there are some three hundred and fifty members . About 70% are connected with the plumbing craft and allied disciplines. The remaining members cover a wide spectrum of interests and professions including engineers, scientists, architects, builders, accountants, lawyers and many others. We actively encourage women to become Liverymen and were one of the first Livery Companies to admit women. With a third of Liverymen living over a hundred miles from London, the Company reflects a national interest by its members in its activities .
Freeman: This category recognises that some individuals may not be able to make a full commitment to become a Liveryman when they initially apply. The Freeman membership category limits the functions you can attend, however gives a good insight into being a full Liveryman and Freeman are encouraged to become a full Liveryman at an appropriate time. Freeman can attend all visits and activities, but not the formal Company functions, unless invited as a guest by a Liveryman. They also cannot vote in the City of London elections.
International: This category is reserved for members who live permanently outside of the UK and carries similar entitlements to the Freeman category In addition, Liverymen who temporarily move overseas may move to this category by agreement.
Other categories include:
Family member: individual members can apply for their immediate family (eg . child, grandchild, nephew or niece) who are aged 16–40 years to become a family member. Spouses and Partners of deceased Liverymen can also apply for this category. Family members have full entitlement to attend events and functions as a guest.
Corporate Membership is also open to a limited number of qualifying companies, please contact the Clerk for details.
How to become a Member of the Company
Should you wish to become a member of the Plumbers’ Company you will need to be proposed and seconded by existing Liverymen. Your proposer will remain as your friend and mentor all the time you remain in the Company and you should feel free to consult your proposer at any stage. If you do not know anyone in the Company please contact the Clerk, who may be able to assist you. Admission as a Liveryman is by one of three routes; redemption — the most common route; young entry scheme — if aged between 21 and 40; and patrimony — if parent was a Freeman at time of applicant’s birth. Downloadable application form on the left.