13-09-1913 Archery at Clitheroe
The Scorton Silver Arrow
Once described as 'The Daddy of all Sporting Fixtures'; The Antient Silver Arrow, is the World's longest established and oldest recorded sporting event, dating back to 1673 and first shot for in Scorton Village, North Yorkshire.
The Society of Archers was formed at the first meeting of the Antient Silver Arrow Competition in 1673, for the purpose; to maintain Target Archery, the skill of which was largely in decline following the English Civil War.
The competition has continued annually since 1673 (except in periods of various Wars) and celebrated its tri-centenary shoot in 2008 with guest of honour The Rt Honourable William Hague MP.
The competition is open to any Gentleman Archer aged over 21 shooting in the Long Bow or any other bare bow and, since 1947, the Recurve Bow which was allowed to enter due to timber shortage and rationing in the UK following the war. Modern Compound bows are not permitted to take part.
The winner is the first gentleman to hit the 3 inch centre Black Spot (introduced in 1951 and first hit by Frank Newbould, Captain 1951 - previously it was just the Gold) at 100 yards and becomes 'Captain of the Arrow' and takes on the responsibility to arrange the next years meeting. Assisted by a Lieutenant, which is awarded to the first gentleman to hit the Red.
Entry in to the Competition automatically bestows the privilege to become a Member of the Society of Archers and to dine with the Captain and other members at the annual Luncheon. A blazer or jacket and tie must be worn during the luncheon and the AGM that follows (a Society Tie is available for purchase on the day).
It is fair to say that many gentleman archers attend 'the Scorton' for the sense of the occasion - an experience that has seen some members attending continually for over 60 years and others travelling from as far afield as the America's and Australia (countries even younger than our competition!) to renew the bond of friendship and sport between gentlemen at this most antient and unique event.
It is one of the few sporting fixtures where the competitor is at his own honour to mark his own score card, to be able to enjoy and share a drink on the field of play but where or unseemly behavior, such as cursing* would result in an immediate fine of up to one whole pound and the consternation of the judges who decision is final and without appeal. Proceeds of the 'swear bag' are given to a local charity incidentally.
(* Rumour has it that the Football Association are look are looking in to a similar rule for football players - though this is yet unconfirmed - or no it's not - see 'forum'!)
If this sounds like your kind of event - we would be delighted to welcome you to World's longest established and oldest recorded sporting event - The Antient Silver Arrow.
This is Mr. C. V. Phillips who won the Arrow at Clitheroe. He was an ex-Oxford Rowing Blue and although living “dahnn saath” at the time he later became a barrister at Harrogate.
05-02-1960 Bellman Park and Salthill Quarries liquidation
09-02-1978 Well plaque
01-12-1939 Cat's eyes come to Clitheroe
19-10-1945 Strange fruit
01-12-1939 Cat's eyes come to Clitheroe
St. Chad’s Well, Tissington
Did our Heild Well look like this Derbyshire one before they built up the walls ?? ( without the fuzzy hair , of course !! )
King Henry’s Well in Bolton by Bowland
11-02-1966 Heild Well in Wellgate
The Civic Society received an interesting inquiry from Utah, Ohio, USA.
Read all about it in Letter from America
15-10-1872 Lost on Pendle
09-09-1938 perhaps we need to reinstate ....
22-04-1865 fountain and fire engine house . Preston Chronicle
12-11-1864 Fountain has water. Preston Guardian
10-09-1864 Fountain to be erected. Preston Guardian
19-06-1861 laying of foundation stone Commercial Mill Preston Chronicle
06-08-1864 drinking fountain
1864-11-05 Drinking fountain
26-12-1883 Black Bull license
18-05-1900 We now have the one but not the other
27-03-1908 Wesley Gypsy Choir
20-12-1946 Demolish 2 wells!
18-01-1952 Pimlico demolished
05-12-1952 Yet another well
01-10-1954 Union St. Chapel, Low Moor
24-08-1956 Another well found
09-09-1938 You couldn't make it up
1939 Pullman from Clitheroe
21-05-1951 a problem for nearly 70 years
25-05-1951 lesson in flagpoles
30-03-1965 Another clever lad from Clitheroe
05-09-1988 Quick build and change of name
01-06-1883 Clitheroe fire brigade
Beef rationing WW2
Clitheroe character named” Pea Harry” who had his establishment at the rear of the Swan and Royal but who also trundled around a cart and sold you two- penn’orth of peas – even going down to Brungerly when it froze to sell his peas to the skaters !!
St Chad's Well Litchfield showing original housing
1966 Primrose Lodge
18-05-1887 dangerous well - Preston Guardian
18-05-1887 Victoria's Jubilee - Preston Guardian
05-09-1888 Quick build and change of name
31-01-1941 Clitheroe castle 1723 1
31-01-1941 Clitheroe castle 1723 2 -Arthur Langshaw
19-02-1941 James Parker-shops
11-08-1950 Another well odment
21-09-1956 Whalley as rarely seen.
28-12-1956 wot elf 'n' safety
Council take over fountain
Argument over well
16-11-1895 speed just under our street limit now
15-03-1896 poor Rowland denuded
09-02-1900 cost of shopping - Boer War
18-08-1909 Drinking fountain on the move AGAIN
21-01-1916 must not have been a sign
12-11-1920 and NOW they do it
01-03-1921 first mention of war memorial
01-03-1921 Keep and Stock's Well
01-03-1921one smelly place to another
26-07-1930 Low Moor Mill for sale Yorkshire Post
16-08-1930 Low Moor Mill Burnley Express
06-03-1936 Blueberries formerly Jimmy Clitheroe's
1945 - blitz & brandy
1950 unhappy umpire
Child drowns in well . Burnley Express & Clitheroe Division Advertiser
Cure for liver complaints
Hargreaves and Kirkmoor School
24-05-1957 Clitheroe Advertiser
04-03-1966 Clitheroe Crossing Bridge
01-10-1920 Salad is good for you
Well well well 16 -10-1971