Message from the Master
The Worshipful Company of Bowyers can trace its detailed history back to 1363 when the craft of making longbows first appeared on the list of taxation for the City of London. Prior to that the first bowyer to be recorded is that of Ivo le Bowyre in 1293.
During the hundred years war and the great victories at Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, when the longbow was at its zenith, the Company enjoyed unparalleled success supplying the medieval archer with the tools of his trade.
Today the Bowyers' Company prides itself with being involved in many charitable and educational activities and upholding the traditions of the City of London by supporting the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and the Corporation of London in promoting the City in a modern day environment.
I trust you will find our web site interesting and informative and if you would like to know more about us please feel free to contact the Clerk.
Michael Wren - Master Bowyer
Agincourt Dinner, A Royal Occasion
It was a full house at Tallow Chandlers Hall for the Agincourt Dinner on Thursday 23rd October and a double delight to have two distinguished guests to be with us an celebrate the great victory of Henry V nearly 600 years ago.
The Master had the great honour to greet our principle guest, The Duke of Gloucester, at the gate of the Hall and proceed to the Court Room and introduce His Royal Highness to members of the Company, the two visiting Masters Mr. Tom Hempenstall of the Stationers and Mr. Stephen Kirk from the Wheelwrights, together with our guest speaker the Rt. Hon Mark Francois, Minister of State for Defence...Read more
20th November 2013
Over 40 Bowyers and friends gathered in Bangers wine bar on Wednesday 20 November 2013 for the annual Poitiers Supper. The topic of this year's pre-supper talk was the Battle of Flodden, which took place in Northumberland between England and Scotland 500 years ago, on 9 September 1513. It was the last big battle in which the longbow played any kind of decisive role, and also the first British battle that involved an artillery exchange. The story of the Battle of Flodden was told in lively style by Renter Warden Tony Kench, who had put together a thoroughly-researched 30-minute, 30-slide presentation with photographs and diagrams.
It had been a dramatic battle with a decisive result. At French instigation, the largest Scottish army ever raised, some 30,000, had crossed from Coldstream over the border into Northumberland under the charismatic but impetuous personal leadership of King James IV. An English army of 20-22,000 was quickly raised from the northern shires, commanded by Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, a 70-year-old veteran commander who had fought at Bosworth, ...Read more about the event