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 Rev'd John Hayton TD - 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
The Bowyers in Burgundy, Thursday 1st May 2014
From arriving at The Hotel Greuze to the end of the visit, this Master's weekend was a gastronomic treat and a challenge to waist bands.
Guests were treated to a champagne welcome at the hotel before setting off for what was to be the first of many excellent meals.
The first evening was spent at the Michelin starred Le Remparts which was a truly won-derful meal with superb wines...Read more
Private View of the Mary Rose Exhibition and Tour of Fort Nelson, Thursday 12th May 2014
The Bowyers and the Fletchers met together in Portsmouth on the evening of Thursday 12th June 2014 for a private view of the Mary Rose Museum which is in a stunning new building constructed alongside HMS Victory. King Henry VIII's flagship was built in 1510 but sank in 1545 at the Battle of the Solent when engaging with the French...Read more