The tradition of Swan Upping has its roots in the 15th century when the ownership of mute swans on open water was put into law. They are now owned by The Crown, The Worshipful Company of Vintners and The Worshipful Company of Dyers. During the third week of July, the colourful spectacle of Swan Upping takes place on the Thames. Now, it is less about ownership and more about health of the birds and conservation. Nevertheless, the tradition of the swan markers catching and ringing this year’s cygnets continues to this day. The centuries-old majestic scarlet uniforms are still worn and all the ancient traditions are observed. It is a sight to be seen.
The Coachmakers has secured a traditional steam launch from Maidenhead and will steam downstream to support our fellow Livery Companies, the Vintners and Dyers and to observe the Uppers in their traditional skiffs carrying out the task that has been done for centuries.
On board, we will be treated to tea and coffee and a buffet lunch including wine.
Guests are welcome.
Arrival: 10.30 for 11.00 departure
The boarding point will be on the River Thames near Riverside Gardens Park, Maidenhead. Exact embarkation details, including parking will be sent upon booking.
If you have any questions, please contact Dianne Parlett – firstname.lastname@example.org
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