Still the most popular style of archery in the UK, recurve archery is accessible by people of all abilities and is usually the first bow an archer will learn on.

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But don't be fooled into thinking this makes winning easier. Your competitors will have these same advantages too!

In 1556, during the reign of Mary I of England and under the authority of Edmund Bonner, Bishop of London, many people were brought by cart from Newgate and burned at the stake in front of Bow Church, in one of the many swings of the English Reformation.[6]

Susie Dent explores the surprisingly literal story behind the phrase ‘to steal someone’s thunder’.

Play (a stringed instrument or music) using a bow.

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Beginner and trainer bows - Affordable yet high quality bows for the beginner, these bows are simple to setup and shoot, perfect when you’re just getting to grips with archery and the technique behind it.

Bow formed a part of the medieval parish of Stepney until becoming an independent parish in 1719. The parish vestry then undertook this responsibility until a rising population created the need for the Poplar Board of Works in 1855. This was superseded by the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar in 1900 until it was absorbed into the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 1965.[17]

Old Ford, St.Agnes, Old Palace, Chisenhale,[26] Olga[27] and Malmesbury[28] primary schools are located in Bow, as is Bow School and Central Foundation Girls School on Bow Road.[29] Cherry Trees School[30] is a specialist primary school located at Campbell Road in Bow.

This was a joking (Jill Mann, The Canterbury Tales, Notes to the General Preface) reference to the Prioress having learned the distinctive Anglo-Norman[8] dialect of French, from the Benedictine nuns. French still had the cachet of being the language of the royal court, but "English French" was by then considered rustic compared to the French of Paris. (see Bromley-by-Bow).

During the 17th century Bow and the Essex bank became a centre for the slaughter and butchery of cattle for the City market. This meant a ready supply of cattle bones, and local entrepreneurs Thomas Frye and Edward Heylyn developed a means to mix this with clay and create a form of fine porcelain, said to rival the best from abroad, known as Bow Porcelain. In November 1753, in Aris's Birmingham Gazette, the following advertisement appeared:

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have many strings to one's bow

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Limbs – A wide range of quality recurve limbs, starting with the cheaper bolt-on trainer limbs, up to the high-end, limbs by renowned manufacturers, such as Hoyt and Win&Win ready to go for those big competitions.

(Definition of “bow” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Old English boga ‘bend, bow, arch’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boog and German Bogen, also to bow.

Sylvia refocused her efforts from Bow, and with the outbreak of World War I began a nursery, clinic and cost price canteen for the poor at the bakery. A paper, the Women's Dreadnought, was published to bring her campaign to a wider audience. At the close of war, the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 1918 gave limited voting rights to property-owning women over the age of 30, and equal rights were finally achieved ten years later.

A convent of Benedictine nuns was established at the nearby Priory of St Leonards, in modern Bromley-by-Bow. Geoffrey Chaucer immortalised this Priory in his Canterbury Tales:

In 1311 Bow remained an isolated village, often cut off from St Dunstan's, Stepney church by flood. Permission was given to build a chapel of ease to allow the residents a local place to worship. The land was granted by Edward III, on the King's highway, thus beginning a tradition of island church building.

With a history dating back over 2000 years, crossbows continue to evolve and thrive today. All our crossbows are age restricted products (18 years or older).

Fondly referred to as ‘the dark side’.  Usually by those that have not yet ‘seen the light’. Compound bows are designed for maximum accuracy and are the latest development in archery equipment.

The main difference between a compound bow and a recurve bow is the eccentric cam attached to each limb.  As the bow is drawn, the cam rotates and compresses the limbs.  But  when the cam approaches the fully drawn position, the holding  weight decreases sharply. The initial draw of say, 50#, lets off to  20# for the duration of the aim allowing the archer to aim more steadily.

St Mary's Church stands on the traffic island in Bow Road, called Bow Church but not to be confused with St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London which has the famous Bow bells. Part of the church dates back to 1311. The base of the tower dates back to the late 15th century and the top of the tower was rebuilt after bomb damage in the Second World War.[21]

In 1719, the parish became independent of Stepney and St Mary Stratford Bow consecrated. The parish included the Old Ford area, which has also been known as North Bow.

Bow was the headquarters of the North London Railway, which opened its locomotive and carriage workshops in 1853. There were two stations, Old Ford and Bow. During World War 2 the North London Railway branch from Dalston to Poplar through Bow was so badly damaged that it was abandoned.

5A metal ring forming the handle of a key or pair of scissors.

Behave in an obsequious way to someone in authority.

Make one's first formal appearance in a particular role.

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In 2000 and 2001 the Big Brother UK house was at Three Mills Studios in nearby Newham, often reported as Bow because the studios are in the E3 postal district.


2Bend with age or under pressure.

1Bend the head or upper part of the body as a sign of respect, greeting, or shame.

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a (warning) shot across the bows

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