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London's Burning: Great Fire Dominoes, 3 September

On Saturday 3 September, the City of London marked the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire with a dramatic 'Dominoes' project, at which the Bowyers' Master was an impressed spectator. Three mile-long trails of collapsing lightweight concrete dominoes were pushed off at 6.30pm from the Monument on separate routes following the spread of the 1666 Fire. The westerly domino route culminated in Paternoster Square, below the dome of St Paul's, where it entered a large structure built of the dominoes, which then spectacularly caught fire and progressively collapsed into rubble. It was a brilliant show.

On its way to St Paul's, the westerly route ran via Bank and through St Mary-le-Bow to the inside and outside of St Nicholas Cole Abbey, which had been the Bowyers' home church from the 1620s to the 1980s. The route then ran up St Peter's Hill, south of St Paul's, where the Bowyers had been based (probably in the short-lived Upholders' Hall) in the 15 years leading up to the 1666 Fire.

The following evening, Sunday, saw the City's final set piece: the dramatic burning of a vast 400-foot-long wooden sculpture of the 1666 skyline, prominently including the old St Paul's Cathedral, floating on Thames barges near Blackfriars Bridge.

The Bowyers' Company is holding its own Great Fire 350th Anniversary Black-Tie Dinner at Bakers' Hall on 13 September (the Julian Calendar date of the fire); some places may still available for late bookers.

New Master's Livery Dinner, 20 July 2016

Picture of Tony KenchOn a very warm and balmy evening a record number of fifty Bowyers together with a five prospective members sat down to dine in the magnificent surroundings of Tallow Chandlers' Hall to celebrate the election of Antony Kench as our new Master for the next two years. It was a most welcome return to this fine Hall, which the Company has patronized on a regular basis since the Second World War, especially as the Great Hall and the Parlour are now fully air conditioned which was a significant benefit in the conditions which prevailed...Find out more

Clive Arding, Past Master

About the Bowyers

The Worshipful Company of Bowyers is one of the older and smaller of the City of London's livery companies. We celebrate our piece of history, we work hard at our charitable activity, and we provide a convivial sociable environment that keeps our members engaged... Find out more

Autumn Dates

Tuesday 13 September 2016
Great Fire Anniversary Dinner
Bakers' Hall

Thursday 29 Sep 2016
Election of Lord Mayor

Wednesday 19 Oct 2016
Agincourt Dinner
Armourers' Hall

Our New Affiliation - Brentwood Sea Cadet Unit

Picture of Sea cadets

The Bowyers' have recently formed an affiliation with the BRENTWOOD SEA CADET UNIT with the aim of helping the young people of the area to be involved in the wide range of activities provided on a national scale...Find out more

Charters, Ordinances and Manuscripts

General History

Historical Publications