Forthcoming Bowyer Events: (bookable now) Supper Talk on Royal Navy,Tue 6 Mar, Bangers
(future diary dates)  | St George's Banquet, Tue 24 Apr, HQS Wellington  | James Wood Livery Supper, Mon 4 June.
Forthcoming City Events:  |  United Guilds Service, Fri 16 Mar, St Paul's Cathedral, with Bowyers' lunch
afterwards in Guildhall Members' Dining Room, bookable now via Bowyers' website.
Update from the Mercian Regiment: February 2018 newsletter

Bowyers' Hall Blue Plaque Site

Muniments Committee members Sinclair Rogers, Ian Spring, Simon Leach and Mark Benstead met the Master in Monkwell Square, by London Wall near Cripplegate, on the rainy morning of 26 Jan.

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MA History Scholar at King's London

On 23 January 2018 the Master and Wardens visited King's College London to meet Laura Bailey, current-year recipient of the Bowyers' annual MA Scholarship in the Department of History. Laura graduated from King's last summer with First-Class Honours in French and History, and has now begun a Medieval History MA course there. Her undergraduate studies included a specialist interest in Scottish royal seals of the 12th and 13th centuries, but her MA studies are focusing more on medieval French history, with interests so far in the troubadors and medieval French literature; she is taking courses in paleography and Latin so as to be able to work with the original sources. She is passionate about medieval history, and hopes to make a career in the world of museums.

Court & Livery Dinner Watermen's Hall

Our Court & Livery Dinner on 30 January 2018 was held in the delightful setting of Watermen's Hall, with 52 present. Our guests were impressed by the Bowyers' unaccompanied renditions of the Sung Grace and National Anthem, and the lively musical spirit of the evening was heightened by the Champagne Swing Jazz Quartet, performing after dinner the much-enjoyed music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, from Sweet Georgia Brown to Minor Swing.

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Bowyers' Hall Blue Plaque Site

Muniments Committee members Sinclair Rogers, Ian Spring, Simon Leach and Mark Benstead met the Master in Monkwell Square, by London Wall near Cripplegate, on the rainy morning of 26 Jan. The purpose of the visit was to view the intended site for a Blue Plaque, to which the City of London is indicating its agreement in principle, marking the approximate site of the 15th and 16th century Bowyers' Hall. In the Company's latter heyday, from the mid-1400s to the late 1500s, the Hall is reckoned to have been a workspace for some 30 longbow-makers. Its location, described in Stow's 1598 Survey of London, is now occupied by the private modern town houses of Monkwell Square on the right hand side of this picture; the smaller house occupied by the Company from the late 1500s through to 1650 was sited near the left hand side of the picture, now City property, where the plaque is intended to be located.

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Court & Livery Dinner Watermen's Hall

Our Court & Livery Dinner on 30 January 2018 was held in the delightful setting of Watermen's Hall, with 52 present. Our guests were impressed by the Bowyers' unaccompanied renditions of the Sung Grace and National Anthem, and the lively musical spirit of the evening was heightened by the Champagne Swing Jazz Quartet, performing after dinner the much-enjoyed music of Django Reinhardt and Stééphane Grappelli, from Sweet Georgia Brown to Minor Swing.

Our toast to the Guests was eloquently proposed by Nigel Heilpern, and the response came from our principal guest of the evening, Lt Col Mark Jackson OBE, High Master of the Worcester Clothiers' Company, resplendent in his Clothiers' livery of wine-coloured waistcoat and tie. He reminded us that most of the cities of medieval England had their own trade guilds going back to the 13th and 14th centuries, a number of which are still active, including his in Worcester. Col Jackson also noted that we have in common an affiliation with the Mercian Regiment, whose antecedent Worcester Regimental Museum is supported by the Clothiers.

In the final speech of the evening the Master greatly welcomed the insight into the medieval trade guilds of other English cities, and noted from his researches that there had been a few other bowyers' guilds, most notably in Bristol and Chester, but that they had died out or been absorbed, and the Bowyers' Company in London is the only one to have survived in its own right to the present day.

Reporting on the membership ceremonies carried out at the preceding Court meeting, the Master congratulated new Court Assistant Nigel Heilpern, newly clothed Liverymen Richard Bowyer and Aarif Kassam, and newly admitted Freemen of the Company Oliver Bolton and Dr Phillip Barnes.

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The Worshipful Company of Bowyers is one of the older and smaller of the City of London's livery companies. We celebrate our piece of history, we work hard at our charitable activity, and we provide a convivial sociable environment that keeps our members engaged... Find out more

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