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.
The Reverend John Hayton TD, - Master Bowyer
Committee Members' Dinner in Guildhall, 22 January 2015
On Thursday 22 January, following the quarterly Court meeting of the Bowyers' Company, a small black-tie dinner was held in the Aldermen's Dining Room in Guildhall for the members of the Court together with all the Liverymen who serve on the Company's committees, as well as the Clerk and the Beadle. The main committees are Finance, Charity, Membership, Muniments and Archery, and they are where most of the Company's business matters and activities are discussed and agreed, and recommendations are formulated for the approval of the Court. This was therefore truly a gathering of those who do the work behind the scenes, and a most convivial dinner was enjoyed by the 27 present in this excellent dining room overlooking Guildhall Yard.
At the preceding Court meeting, two new Court Assistants had been sworn in: Liverymen Christian Major and Major General Andrew Sharpe CBE, and three new Liverymen had been formally clothed and welcomed into the Livery of the Company: Ian Campbell, Alan Rogers and Ian Williams.
Bowyers' Own Carol Service, Wednesday 10th December 2014
60 Bowyers, family members and friends gathered at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate for the Company's Carol Service on Wednesday 10th December 2014. This was a significant occasion since, for many years, the Bowyers have celebrated Christmas at other churches in the City in conjunction with other livery companies, and this was first time that they have held their very own Carol Service at their home church. ..Read more
Gold Award for Alan Rogers, Saturday 29th November 2014
Bowyer Freeman Alan Rogers was presented with the Gold Certificate of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers by the Master Bowyer over a hotel lunch in Elmsthorpe, Leicestershire on 29th November 2014.
The award was in recognition of the excellence of his craftsmanship in bowyery over a thirty year period, during which time he has made over 470 longbows...Read more