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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

The Installation of the new Master Bowyer, Thursday 17 July 2014

On a beautifully sunny and warm day the Rev John Hayton TD was installed as the Master Bowyer for the next two years at St Botolph's without Bishopsgate. The good weather facilitated the taking of photographs in the churchyard before and after the ceremony and the sun streaming through the Bowyers' window added greatly to the close links the Company now has with the church...Read more

Longbow Day at Burnham, Sunday 27 July 2014


Richard Head shows Hugh Soar what appears to be a genuine, almost complete medieval arrow, recently found.

Sunday 27 July 2014 was the perfect English summer's day: afternoon tea with the sun shining in the Buckinghamshire countryside setting of the Archers' Lodge in Burnham, with the privilege of watching forty or so of the country's best longbow archers showing their skills...Read more

Joint Shoot between the Bowyers' and the Fletchers', Wednesday 16th July 2014


Liveryman Christian Major showing his talent as a fine shot at the Tower.

At 6pm on the beautiful summers evening of July 16th 30 Fletchers' and 30 Bowyers' gathered to contest for the annual awarding of the Governor's Trophy in the West Moat of HM Tower of London...Read more