Lockdown Quizzes

All the Lockdown quizzes published on the “Liverymen & Members’ Corner are now available here to see.

Virtual Autumn Lecture – Water Efficiency into the Future

All Liverymen and members are invited to join the first ever Worshipful Company of Plumbers Autumn Lecture to be held via Zoom webinar and kindly hosted by the CIPHE on Wednesday 28 October 2020 from 18.00 – 19.15.

A new message from our Almoner

Caroline Walsh, our Almoner, has sent a new message to everyone as we enter the next phase of the coronavirus outbreak.

Plumbers’ Golf Society complete 18 holes – at last!

With the whole Livery golf programme cancelled until now, the Plumbers finally managed 18 holes at Wildernesse Golf Club, near Sevenoaks in Kent.

No rise in quarterage

Despite the uncertainty of current times the Court has decided that the annual quarterage will not be increased.


Liveryman Dennis Southern

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and untimely death of Liveryman Dennis Southern. Dennis had been a Liveryman since 2007 and was a leading light with the Plumbers’ team in the annual Inter-Livery Yacht Race at Cowes. He will be greatly missed and we send our sincere condolences and thoughts to his widow Diann and all his family.

Austral House

There are many buildings in the City of London that have risen from the bomb sites of the Second World War and some of our members will have worked on them. Past Steward John Carnaby has sent us a short history on one of those on which he worked, Austral House.

Two anniversaries and a birth

I’m sure many of you will have seen the iconic film “Four Weddings and a Funeral”. Well the Plumbers are proud to bring to you “Two Anniversaries and a Birth!

Pat Thackeray

It is with much sadness we have to announce the death of Pat Thackeray, wife of Past Steward Tom Thackeray. Pat was 84 and passed away on Tuesday evening after a long illness and with all her family round her.

Virtual Court meeting – 6 July 2020

The Plumbers’ Court has held it’s first virtual meeting, choreographed excellently by our Clerk, Adrian Mumford.  Clearly, Past Master Erica had found the best location to “Zoom” in from!

Plumbers, Plague and Pestilence

At this time, when there is much alarm and despondency, it is easy to forget that in the years since 1365 there have been many challenges for the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. Past Master Rodney Cartwright whose speciality as a member of the medical profession was microbiology and infectious diseases, has penned a brief description of some of the plagues and pestilences that have occurred during the past 655 years.

Knitted bicycle covers

How have you spent your coronavirus lockdown? Do you know of any unusual lockdown activities? I bet if you drew up a list, knitting covers for bicycles wouldn’t feature prominently on most people’s list…….unless of course you happen to live in East Preston, West Sussex. A group calling themselves the “Yarnbombers” has been doing just this and placing them round the village!

My thanks to Past Master Edward Hopkinson for this colourful article .

Why are the Plumbers’ 31st?

Most liverymen will be aware that the Plumbers’ Company finds itself thirty-first in the livery companies’ order of precedence. How did this come about? Why is it that at so many important civic events we find ourselves sandwiched between the Masons and the Innholders?

Past Master Peter Brunner explains…

Plumbers’ Apprentice statue found?

Perhaps not!

Super sleuth Past Steward John Carnaby is on the case……..

Greetings from Canada

Notes from a Past Master’s daughter, and Liveryman – Elisabeth Finch

Plumbers’ Apprentice statue missing!

Ha, that got your attention didn’t it!

No, it’s not the one at Cannon Street Station, it’s the original one.

Did you even know there was an original one?

Read on…………

Lockdown education in Nepal for
disabled and disadvantaged children

Many of you will recall the announcement last July of an Honorary Doctorate for Liverymen Tim Gocher for his work on sustainable development through the creation of the Dolma Impact Fund.


PMWT Amberley – Keeping cccupied during lockdown

Plumbing Museum and Workshop Trust (PMWT) volunteer, Liveryman Peter Cheesman, is putting his leadwork skills to good use during the Covid-19 shutdown.

Safer holidays after Covid-19?

Past Master Professor Rodney Cartwright and International Member Dr Esteban Delgado, both public health experts, have published an interesting article in Travel Weekly looking at how holidays might be safer after Covid-19.

We’ve been here before……

Past Master Peter Brunner has produced a fascinating article on how the Plumbers’ Company dealt with the Great Plague of London in 1665/6. You can read the text below or through the link. My thanks also to Past Steward John Carnaby for the additional research, including the copies of the City of London Orders at the foot of the article.

Master and Wardens to Serve a Second Year

With the loss of half of this year’s Livery programme to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Court has agreed that the Master and Wardens, together with the Senior Assistant should continue in office for a second successive year.

Past Mistress Dr Mary Caroe – Obituary

Those of you who receive The Daily Telegraph will have seen Mary’s obituary published on Monday 20 April 2020, following the announcement of her passing.  I am most grateful to the paper giving permission for us to republish it on our website. An image of the article and its text can be seen below:

New Air Bee and Bee in Surrey

Court Assistant Janet Rivers and husband Tony have been busy bees (sorry!) in the garden. See what they’ve been up to.

A letter from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

Our Honorary Liveryman Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has sent a letter to us.

Past Mistress Dr Mary Caroe

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Past Mistress Dr Mary Caroe who has succumbed to the coronavirus outbreak. Mary was the widow of Past Master Martin Caroe, who was Master in 1985/86 and was a great supporter of the Company for many years. 

A lesson or two with Honorary Liveryman Jools Holland

If you’re getting bored being shut at home, here’s some help from Honorary Liveryman Jules Holland on how to relieve it.

A message from our Almoner – Caroline Walsh

I wanted to drop you a little note. We are now a week into our ‘new normal’.  It has and will take some adjustment & getting used to for us all.

As your Almoner I am here for you. For a chat, discussion on the phone or online about plumbing, wine, books…also cards over the phone (I kid you not, it is possible) or virtually, please do get in touch. You can get my number and email address from the Clerk. It would be great to hear your news.

Big virtual hugs from afar. Caroline

Coronavirus – office update

The Plumbers’ office in Carpenters’ Hall is closed for the time being because of the coronavirus outbreak and Adrian, our Clerk and Debbie, our Bookkeeper, are working from home; Sharon, our Clerk’s Assistant is on the Government’s furlough scheme. Please do not telephone the office as calls are not being diverted.  If you do have an urgent message please email the Clerk.

World Plumbing Day – 11 March 2020

Every year on 11 March we celebrate World Plumbing Day – everywhere across the globe!

Master Plumber Ceremony

Congratulations to our three new Master Plumbers