THE PLUMBER'S APPRENTICE
Cannon Street Station
written by: Sing London
animated by: Dan Martins
with support from: The Worshipful Company of Plumbers.
"An apprentice guilty of unruly behaviour, of haunting taverns , ail houses or plays, shall receive punishment as the master may deem fit!”
Until 1861, Cannon Street Station was the site of The Plumbers’ Hall, the former livery hall belonging to the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. Established in 1365, they are one of the oldest livery companies in the City of London. They were formed to regulate medieval plumbers. But they also had another responsibility: the training of apprentices.
Medieval apprentices trained for 7 long years, during which time they were expected to toe the line. To quote from their Charter of 1611: “An apprentice guilty of stubborn and unruly behavior, or haunting ale houses, taverns, plays or unlawful games, shall receive such punishment and chastisement as the Master and Wardens of the Company may deem fit!”
Today, The Worshipful Company of Plumbers continues to represent this ancient profession. They strive to keep high standards and still support the training of young plumbers. This monologue has been voiced by Dan Martins, a gold award winning plumber’s apprentice himself.
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This statue was funded by the Worshipful company of Plumbers.