Hermitage Community Moorings (HCM) is a co-operative which built, owns, and operates a mooring on the Thames in Wapping next to what used to be Hermitage Wharf, now Wapping Memorial Gardens.
The mooring provides berths for up to 23 vessels; they are predominantly residential live-aboard historic vessels, mainly river barges, plus there are a couple of visitor berths for use by any type of vessel, old or new, for up to two weeks in four. HCM provides well-managed river access for local people, including educational and recreational facilities.
HCM was created by a small, dedicated community over the course of about 6 years and is the first development of its kind on the Thames for more than a generation. The co-operative members entirely self-funded the planning, design, management, construction, installation, and operation of the harbour. The infrastructure is designed to create a small, close-knit community of people committed to boat use and the preservation of historic craft.
Part of its ambition is to ensure traditional river craft (e.g. sailing barges, tugs and motor craft) remain part of the Wapping landscape for future generations – and to create a local landmark that promotes Wapping’s historic links with the river.
Open Day Weekend – 17th &18th June 2023
Gates open 11am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be the usual pop-up cafe and a visiting historic vessel mooring up at the visitor berth for people to have a close up [...]
KEEPSAKE Exhibition 2021
Lockdown Exhibition 2021: KEEPSAKE (Keep Safe) After a grim winter at the mooring with no Wassail, no Imbolc and no New Year’s parties we held an exhibition in the Pierhouse – it started out as [...]
Great Get Together at Hermitage
Tea & Cake in the Pierhouse this Saturday and Sunday
Jo Cox – our message
2016-06-16 Today is the saddest day of this close community. We have lost a dear, dear friend in the the most tragic and outrageous circumstances. We pay tribute to our amazing, wonderful and spirited [...]
05:30 Friday 1st August and the moorings was a buzz. Four of our barges were away to Faversham for the Kentish Sailing Association's 42nd Swale Match. It was the first down river trip for crew on [...]
Swale Match 2013
The Kentish Sailing Association's Swale Match, now in it's 41st year, has become a tradition for the boats at hermitage. Congratulations to the following for their awards: Cabby, although not regularly moored at Hermitage she [...]