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
Joint Shoot between the Bowyers' and the Fletchers', Wednesday 16th July 2014
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
Bowyers' Prize Day at Burnham, Saturday 5th July 2014
There were a record number of competitors for The Bowyers Prize Day Competition at Archers Lodge, Burnham on Saturday 5th July. ...Read more