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History & Heritage

As one of the most ancient of the City Guilds we have enjoyed an unbroken existence of over 700 years, adapting to the challenges of changing times.  Fishmongers’ Hall was destroyed by the Great Fire, rebuilt twice thereafter and then devastated by bombs during World War II but restored to its former glory. Find out more about some of the defining moments in our story so far including our medieval charters and trading and our modern history since the Great Fire.

We also welcome visitors here at the Hall and our Hall Tours have become a popular way for visitors to learn at first hand about the fascinating history of the Company and its surroundings.

We are proud to be the organisers of the UK’s, and probably the world’s, sporting event with the longest continuous history – the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager, an annual sculling race from London Bridge to Chelsea for young members of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen, first run in 1715.