History

The longbow was primarily responsible for the victories at Crecy in 1346 and Agincourt in 1415, and Fletchers were kept busy with the supply of arrows for the Hundred Years War in France and the Wars of the Roses in England.

By the fifteenth century, most London companies employed professional clerks to keep their records. While at the end of the middle ages most merchants and substantial craftsmen would have been able to read or write (some degree of schooling was integral to a London apprenticeship), the clerks came from a world of professional administrators familiar with common practices of record…
The Fletchers’ ordinances approved by the mayor and aldermen of London in 1403 laid down that the company would be governed by two annually elected wardens. This remained the normal practice into the early 16th century, although there were periodic re-elections of one or both of the wardens. For a period of time in the 1520s, the company’s wardens were…
The earliest livery companies were formed in the early Middle Ages as trade "guilds". They were both employers' federations and trades unions, and their functions included ensuring high standards of business conduct and product quality from all their members, helping in the education of future generations in the particular ways of the trade or craft, and supporting those members of…
The Battle of Agincourt that took place on the 25th of October 1415 was a fascinating but controversial battle. The 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt was commemorated in many different places and ways. The Fletchers have been very active and supportive of commemorations for the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt. Many City based events took place…
Article by Veronica-Mae Soar, Clerk to the Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers & Fletchers Charismatic as the longbow may be, it cannot fulfil its function without the all important arrow. Historically it is quite likely that a form of arrow might actually have preceded the bow; even today there are parts of the world where throwing arrows are used.