The Worshipful Company of Plumbers aims to support and make a difference within the ancient industry of plumbing. We assist and support charities and trainees, partner our industry through affiliations and work closely with the Lord Mayor and the City of London.

Our news

From the Master

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

The Master has written to Her Majesty to convey his condolences and that of the whole company following the death of His Royal Highness.  He also has sent a personal note to our Honorary Liveryman, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

Featured Event

Women in the Livery – What have we learned?

No, the answer isn’t “Not a lot!”

A big thank you to all female liverymen who answered the survey. The Women in the Livery (WIL) working group would now like to follow-up with an interactive Zoom session to let you know the results and to give you a chance to meet your female colleagues. It will be a fun as well as an informative evening. Look out for the emails, which will give you full details and the Zoom link to log-in and join the session on 28 April.  We want to ensure more women get to enjoy the benefits of being a “Plumber!”

PS. Fear not gentlemen, WIL value you too and will be canvassing your support in its diversity campaign!

Company News

The Life Story of Past Master George Shaw 1822 – 1896

Past Master George Shaw was the Main Promoter of the Registration of Plumbers in 1886 and as such played a very important role in our history. Past Steward John Carnaby has written a very detailed article with illustrations on his life for those who would like to read it in full. Past Master Peter Brunner has assisted him in the production of an abridged version of the text for those with a little less time on their hands!

City News

Easter Message from the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor Alderman William Russell has sent an Easter message to the Livery.

Featured Event

Catchpole & Rye – Showcasing the business

The story of a highly successful family business at the heart of plumbing.  The Master will be talking to the Director, Liveryman Tony O’Donnell, and showcasing the business on 21st April 2021 at 6:00pm. We look at the history of bathrooms, an interest which inspired Tony to found his manufacturing business.  Email the Clerk at to get the Zoom link to join the conversation.

Industry News

RSPH Webinar

Considerations for returning plumbing to safe use after it’s been chemically contaminated.

The Royal Society for Public Health is holding an on-line seminar on Wednesday 14 April 2021 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm to discuss this important public health question. The speaker is Professor Andrew Welton, University of Purdue, Chicago and the seminar will be chaired by Marcus Rink, the Chief Inspector of the Drinking Water Inspectorate. If you would like to take part, click here to register.

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Through fundraising and by direct activity, we help charities and not-for-profits in the UK and around the world ensure a better future for both individuals and their communities. The City Liveries together raise over £50M a year and make a significant difference to the lives of millions. Become a part of our charitable history.

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