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The Worshipful Company
of Bowyers

Forthcoming Bowyer Events

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Installation & Lunch,
St Botolph's & The Mercer

6 July 2022

New Master's Dinner,
Watermen's Hall

13 July 2022

Agincourt Banquet,
Bakers' Hall

25 October 2022

City and other News

The Becket Pageant for London and Livery Crafts Fair
Guildhall Yard 17th & 18th June 2022
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Meetings of Common Hall 2022
24 June 2022 & 29 Sep 2022
Eligible Liverymen who wish to attend to vote and/or attend lunch at Tallow Chandler’s afterwards please book in online/contact the Clerk.

2022 Sheep Drive and Livery Fair
London Bridge
Sunday 25 September
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Lord Mayor's Easter Bulletin
12 April 2022
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St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate November 2021 Newsletter
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Mercian Regiment Update
A copy of the regiment's latest quarterly newsletter can be found at this link

Suited and Booted newsletter
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City of London Livery Briefing
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Tracing Your Bowyer Ancestors
The Worshipful Company of Bowyers supported the RollCo project by providing transcriptions of admission records which are now freely available online at

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About the Bowyers

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.

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TS St Vincent - Brentwood Sea Cadet Unit

It has been over two years since the Bowyers’ have had the opportunity to visit our Sea Cadet Unit in Brentwood due to the ongoing restrictions caused by the COVID pandemic.Happily this was rectified on 28th April when the Master and four other members of the Company were able to visit TS St. Vincent in Brentwood on the evening of their Royal Naval Support Visit.

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St George's Charity Banquet

The venue for this year's St George's Charity Banquet was Apothecaries' Hall, the oldest extant livery company Hall in the City of London. More than 75 members with their partners, family and guests attended.

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Jon Preece's Freedom of the City

In a delightful ceremony in the Chamberlain's Court Room in Guildhall on Monday afternoon 6 July 2022, Bowyer Freeman Jon Preece was sworn in to the Freedom of the City of London with the historic oath of loyalty,

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Our Coat of Arms

The arms of the Company were granted by Sir Thomas Holme, Clarenceux King of Arms on 10 November 1488. The main charge is the 'flote' which was a device for planing and smoothing the bow stave. The chevron has no special meaning but is simply to separate the 'flotes' in the design. It is commonly found at this time in arms granted to corporations, livery companies and others. Likewise, so far as we know the mullets are merely decorative.

The Crest of three bows may represent the product in use and ties up neatly with the motto: Crecy, Poitiers, Agincourt.

The Supporters were granted in July 1996. The dexter is a representative of a medieval bowyer in the livery of his Company (black and white) holding a 'flote' as one of the tools of his trade. The sinister, a representation of an archer of the time of Agincourt symbolises the product in use.

The supporters stand upon a green mound which is strewn with pointed stakes set at an angle such as were used by the archers at Agincourt as a defence against cavalry.