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Established 1890 | Affiliated to British Rowing and CSSC


Current Safety Notices

Swimming in the river
20th June 2017

Transiting Richmond Weir
13th June 2017

High tide clarification
25th May 2017

PLA Notices to Mariners - Upper River Notices

U6 of 2017
Horse Reach to Mortlake Reach - Temporary Water Quality Monitoring Buoys

U5 of 2017
Richmond Lock & Weir Draw Off 2017 - Weirs Open 29th October to 19th November

U3 of 2017
Cross Deep to Woolwich Reach (Upper) - Traditional Rowing Events in London 2017

The Boat House

The Civil Service Boathouse was constructed on Duks's Meadows in the 1930s and is currently home to both Cygnet RC and our sister club Barnes Bridge Ladies RC. The building was designed specifically for rowing and is still dedicated exclusively to the sport, including the boating hard which is shared with Emmanuel School BC next door.

The building is somewhat 'upside down' with boat shop for the fleet is at river level and the rest accommodation below. This include his and hers changing rooms, showers and toilets, plus a shared kitchen, club room and licensed bar. The bar was added in the 1950s and was dug out under the boat ramp! A dedicated gym was added in 2004 as a separate single storey building behind the main boat house.

The building has undergone many changes over the years but overall remains essentially the same as it was when it was built in the 1930s. Major changes include the construction of the rather ugly but necessary flood defence wall in the 1970s, completely revamped toilet and shower facilities in the 1980s and the addition of roller shutters in the 1990s. In 2008 the bar and clubroom underwent a comprehensive remodelling and the whole place was redecorated in 2014.

The next project is to replace the boat and blade racking in the boat shop.

The boat house is managed on behalf of both clubs by a separate committee called the 
Boathouse Executive

  • Circa 1930
    Circa 1930
  • 1946
  • 1950s
  • 1953 flooding
    1953 flooding
  • 1975
  • 2014

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