Esoteric London

No. 304: Aldersgate Street, EC1

Posted in Public Art, Sport by esotericlondon on April 28, 2011

Aldersgate Street, London, EC1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

Curiosities of London – John Timbs, 1855:

Archery is mentioned among the summer pastimes of the London youth by Fitzstephen, who wrote in the reign of Henry II, and the repeated statutes from the 13th to the 16th centuries, enforcing the use of the bow, invariably ordered the leisure time upon holidays to be passed in its exercise. Finsbury appears to have been a very early locality for archery, for in the reign of Edward I there was formed a society entitled the Archers of Finsbury, subsequently known as the Artillery Company. In the reign of Henry VII, all the gardens in Finsbury were destroyed by law, ‘and of them was made a plain field for archers to shoote in,’ this being the appropriation of what is now called ‘The Artillery Ground’.

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