Shooting At The Marks

    Legend has it, that as it was compulsory to practice archery after church, archers would take the opportunity to get a bit of practice on the way to church. They would pick a bush, fence post, rock anything like that, and see who could get their arrow to land closest. Eventually the marks would be set permanently, and be sponsored by local businesses and the like. The most famous marks stood in the Findsbury fields and Soutwark fields in London. The only remaining mark now sits in the barracks of the honorable artillery company. This has also given us the phrase "Wide of the mark" or "Short of the mark"

    There are three scoring zones around the mark. 1/2 a bowlength scores 12 points. the next 3/4 bowlength scores 7, while a further 1 3/4 bowlength scores 3. A bowlength = 6ft. The marks will be set out between 130 and 180 yards, and archers are not told how far away they are, you have to try and judge for your self

    Our Marks


    Our marks Grey Dolphin, Queenborough Castle, the Badge                       The Bricklayer

    At the moment Sheppey Bowmen use four marks three of these are unique to us, and on the whole are meant to celebrate Sheppey's rich and varied history. While the fourth, is based on an original mark, that stood in St George's fields London

    Grey Dolphin
    Legend has it, that Robert DeShurland lord of the manor in Eastchurch, around the 13th Century,  had a terrible temper, and during a row with a local priest, drew his sword and killed said him. Once he had calmed down he realised he was in terrible trouble and as the king Edward Longshanks was on board ship off Sheppey he decided to ask the king for a pardon. he mounted his trusty horse Grey Dolphin and rode down to beach. As no boats were available he made grey Dolphin enter the sea and rode out to the Kings ship, where he pleaded his case. The king agreed to the pardon, and Robert made the horse swim back to sure, where he met an old lady, who predicted that although the horse had that day saved his life, would one day be the death of him. Robert drew his sword and cut off the horses head, and went home. Some time later whilst walking along the beach Robert came across the skeletal remains of the horse and kicked it's skull. A bone pierced his boot cutting his foot, the wound became infected and our Robert died, thus fulfilling the profacy

    Queenborough Castle     
    Just outside Queenborough train station is a mound of grass which was the site of a castle. The castle was built by Edward the 3rd between 1361-1377 as a defence for the Thames and Medway, however with the threat of invasion demisished and the rivers made save by larger fortifications, Queenborough castle was no longer needed, and was demolished.
    In the middle of the mound of grass there is a brick construction with seats on. this covers the well which was over 170ft deep.
    In 2005 Queenborough was visited by the TV show Time Team, and the castle excavated, much of the structure had been roobbed out, though they did manage to find some foundations and proved the the castle was a round one.

    The Badge
    A little bit of self indulgence from the club here, as this is based on our club badge. The rams head on the badge represents the fact that the Isle of Sheppey got it's name from having Sheep as it's main industry. Sheppey comes from the Saxon Sceapige, meaning Isle of Sheep. The yellow and black is in honour of our original venue the bee farm

    The Bricklayer

    This is our interpretation of the Bricklayer mark, which stood in the St Georges field, Southwark. We can not be 100% sure, but we believe it may have stood near where the Bricklayers arms round about is now. Going back in time to the 15th and 16th century this was the headquarters of the Worshipful Company of Tilers and Bricklayers, which is still going today, the mark is based on their arms.

    What we do know is that this mark was shot at a maximum distance of 18 score and 6 (366yards) and a minimum distance of 9 score and 11 (191yards)

     On Sunday the 5th July 2015, a copy of this mark was inaugurated by the Fraternity of St George during the Mary Rose shoot at Torry hill, Frinstead in Kent