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
Master Bowyer at Capel Manor with Lord Mayor
On October 18th, the Master Bowyer visited Capel Manor Horticultural and Arboricultural College with the Lord Mayor, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, the Sheriffs and several other Livery Company Masters, during which the arboricultural staff particularly requested their photo be taken with the Lord Mayor and the Master Bowyer, as happily shown.
Bowyers' History MA Scholarship at King's College London, Monday 15th September 2014
The Bowyers' Company entered a new phase in its relationship with King's College London this year by awarding a £2,000 MA Scholarship in the History Department. The first recipient was Anna Triay, whose award was announced at the Department's MA Welcome Evening on September 15th. Dr Adam Sutcliffe, Head of History, expressed the College's gratitude to the Bowyers for funding the Scholarship, and paid tribute to Anna as the best MA candidate graduating in the Department at KCL that year.
The Master Bowyer, John Hayton, welcomed Anna as the first recipient of the Bowyers' Scholarship, and in a warm and witty little speech also presented her with a plaque with the Bowyers' Coat of Arms and (for bedtime reading) a book on the Battle of Agincourt, an event deeply entwined with the Bowyers' history and whose 600th anniversary falls in 2015...Read more