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
New Master installed
The Worshipful Company of Bowyers installed their new Master, Mr Michael Wren, at St Botolph's Church without Bishopsgate, on Wednesday July 18th . An impressive installation service, attended by the Lord Mayor, accompanied by trumpeters and a drummer not only saw the Master installed for two years. His Upper Warden is the Rev John Hayton, and Renter Warden Mr Antony Kench...Read more
Visit to the Mercians
26th - 27th April
The Annual Mercian Regiment Officers' Dinner Night
Every year, on the eve of the Army and Navy rugby match in May, the officers of the Mercian Regiment gather for their annual dinner night. For the last two years the venue has been Old College, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, a place etched into the soul of all Army officers and a homecoming of sorts.
Live Fire with the Mercian's
On Saturday 27th April four members of the Bowyers' Company took part in a hands on live fire exercise with the 4th (TA) Battalion, Mercian Regiment at Tamworth near Birmingham.
The half-day event began by donning Army kit kindly provided by the Regiment and receiving a full briefing prior to joining the reservist who were to be our guides and instructors.