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.
Michael Wren - 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
An Evening with the Mercian Regiment, 18th February 2014
On Tuesday 18th February over 40 Bowyers and their guests gathered at the White Harte in Bishopsgate to witness the first hand experiences in Afghanistan of RSM Paul Muckle of 2 Mercian Regiment.
In addition, one of the main purposes of the evening was to raise funds for The Mercian Regimental Benevolence Charity and Lt Col Bill Temminck who is now the Through-Life Care Officer of the Regiment addressed those assembled to give an in depth view of the ongoing need to look after soldiers in the future. He explained that the charity works in conjunction with other service charities such as ABF and the Royal British Legion in helping to alleviate the problems encountered by those who find themselves 'in need, in hardship or distress' whether active or retired soldiers or their dependants...Read more about the event