Barge Flags of the City Livery Companies of London

By H.G. Carr, published August 1942


Water processions and pageants on the Thames were common between the 15th and 17th centuries. The Lord Mayor of London, the Sheriffs and the City Livery Companies were regularly required to attend on sovereigns, princes and important visitors as they plied the river. Flags and music helped render these events imposing and attractive. Details are given of particular events as well as the flags and insignia used by the Livery Companies and where they were displayed on their barges. The article also describes the flags on the skiffs involved – belonging to the Crown, the Vintners’ and the Dyers’ Companies – in the annual swan-upping ceremony on the Thames’s upper reaches.

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Filed under: Early Modern | Eighteenth Century | Other (Early Modern) | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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