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Location: Norway
Post Bowstrings.
I think I have read somewhere that the apprenticeship time was six years in order to become a bowstring maker, in medeival time. Is it any truth to this? Bue--.

Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:15 pm

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Location: Malvern, UK
Post Re: Bowstrings.
The Fletchers and Longbowstringmakers of London, by James E. Oxley (published in 1968 by the Worshipful Company of Fletchers; I have the slightly updated 1971 edition) has as its second part A History of the Ancient Company of Longbowstringmakers, of which Chapter 2, Apprenticeship and Freedom, starts thus (p.133):
The early books of the Longbowstringmakers give among a mass of miscellaneous material the names of apprentices, and the eighteenth-century "Freemen Stampt" book records the names of the apprentices who became Freemen. The entries between 1604 and 1618 are particularly informative, since they give the name, occupation and place of residence of the apprentice's father, and the master's name. Usually, the apprenticeship was for seven or eight years, but might sometimes be longer. Robert Bareburre took Simon Partington as his apprentice for thirteen years from November 1611, and took William Gibbs for ten years from March 1614. Roger Benton was apprenticed to Jacob Waddington for twelve years from November 1612, and Nicholas Heyford to Hugh Lobley for twelve years from September 1614. Nothing is said about Benton's parents, but the fathers of the other three were dead, and it is probable that all four were pauper children whose native parishes saved the ratepayers' money and fulfilled the law by apprenticing them at an early age, to serve until they were twenty-one. Partington therefore was probably about eight years old when apprenticed, the others a little older.

— David

(If you're sufficiently interested, the copy from Bob Brown's collection may still be available; no doubt Hugh can advise :smile: )

David Bruce

Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:31 pm

Joined: Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:05 pm
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Location: England
Post Re: Bowstrings.
The book ' History of the Flechers and Longbowstringmakers of London ' by Oxley, one of the late and lamented Bob Brown's Collection has now been sold.

Remaining, to be picked up by the discerning toxophile are:

'The History of the Royal Company of Archers': Ian Hay. £25. p&p excl.
'The Romance of Archery - a History of the Recreatonal Longbow' Soar £16 p&p incl.
'A Guide to the Crossbow': Paterson £10.p&p incl. (soft cover)
'The Crossbow': Payne Gallwey. £15. p&p excl.

Purchase of these volumes is not restricted to Members. Enquiries to Secretary.

Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:11 pm
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