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About Us

Although the club was only founded in 1964, archers have been associated with this area of Holderness since the time of William the Conqueror, who instituted the title of Lord Paramount of the Seigneury of Holderness and expected the incumbent to provide 350 archers whenever he needed them. The archers were also used to gather taxes.

In the 17th Century, Charles II made the title hereditary and granted it to John Constable (the second Viscount Dunbar) of Burton Constable Hall and it has been held by the family ever since. John Chichester-Constable enjoyed the title of the 46th Lord Paramount until his death in 2011, after which it passed to his daughter, Rodrica, who is also Warden of the Burton Constable Company of Bowmen.

The Burton Constable Company of Bowmen was formed in 1964 when Hermes Archers lost their shooting ground and joined with John Constable, his wife Gay and their friends to form the new club. We have continued to shoot here several times a week since then and celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2014.

Burton Constable Hall stands on the site of a brick manor house, built about 1500 A.D., which was partially demolished and then substantially rebuilt by Sir John Constable in the 1560’s, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The north wing of the old manor house and the base of the twelfth century Pele tower were incorporated into the Elizabethan building. Later alterations were made by Sir John Constable’s son and by subsequent descendants of the family. The grounds in which we shoot are part of a 300-acre site landscaped by ‘Capability Brown’ in the 1770’s, and surround the house and stables.

Although the Hall is now run by the Burton Constable Foundation as a Country House Museum, part of the Hall is the still the residence of the family.

We are privileged to shoot in these lovely, historic surroundings.

We as a club are governed by the rules of Archery GB  the governing body of Archery in the U.K. They provide an administrative function and cover clubs and archers with insurance.

The Northern Counties Archery Society (N.C.A.S) which covers Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland, Cumbria, Lancashire, Isle of Man and Cheshire and represents our region on Archery GB Committees. The N.C.A.S. organises competitions in various archery disciplines and holds regular meetings to discuss issues affecting clubs and archers in its area of influence.

The Yorkshire Archery Association (Y.A.A.), which governs the sport in the county of Yorkshire. The committee is made up of members from different clubs within the region and its role is not dissimilar to that of the N.C.A.S, covering the same issues at a more local level.

Our national association has issued guidelines on the protection of children and vulnerable adults, which we follow. Similar considerations apply to vulnerable adults. The exact rules will depend on the nature and severity of the vulnerability.

All juniors (under 16), either beginner’s or members, must be accompanied throughout the Course and at Club Shoot days/nights by a parent or responsible adult.

All of our Club Coaches and Child Protection Officer/Welfare Officer are DBS checked and up to date with Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults courses.  Two are also First Aid trained.