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A fine George III silver-gilt Archery Medal for a meeting at Hall Place, Bexley.

A silver-gilt George III Archery Prize Medal, London 1792, Phipps and Robinson. The medal is engraved on one side: ‘a TARGET given at Hall Place in Kent by the Rt. Honble. Lady Fermanagh 19th June 1792 Won by Thos. Anderson Esqr. Capn. Of Numbers‘. The reverse is finely engraved with a view of two archery targets in the gardens behind Hall Place.

Mary Verney [1737-1810] was created Baroness Fermanagh by George III in June 1792. It seems, therefore, that the archery meeting at Hall Place was a celebration of that. She was the daughter of the Hon. John Verney, second son of the first Earl Verney, but, born after her father’s death, she was brought up in Hall Place, near Bexley, the home of her stepfather, Richard Calvert. When he died in 1791, she inherited his estates. She did not, however, inherit Hall Place, which belonged to Sir Francis Dashwood. Unable to purchase the house from Sir Francis, Lady Fermanagh moved into nearby May Place, in Crayford.

No record of this meeting has been found in the newspapers of the period. However, ‘Woodfall’s Register‘ of May 31st 1793, has the following account of a meeting of the Archers of Great Britain at Blackheath:
On an even part of the Heath, a large space was marked out and surrounded with cords, within which were pitched the targets, and the marquees of the several Societies. The shooting began between twelve and one, and was continued till half past three, when the Members and their friends partook of refreshments. Between four and five, the contest was revived, and, at the close, the following gentlemen were announced to be the successful competitors. Mr. Anderson, Robinhood Bowman, Captain of Numbers. Mr Green, of St. George’s, Lieutenant of Numbers. Dr. Leith, Royal Kentish Bowman, Captain of Target. Mr. Jarvis, Woodman of Hornsey, Lieutenant of Target. After this distribution of the prizes, the Members returned to town, and, at eight o’clock, sat down to a splendid dinner, at Willis’s Rooms. The beauties in the row of carriages, which surrounded the shooting ground upon the heath, out-numbered and outshone those of any assembly we ever saw.’

In the ‘Evening Mail‘ of September 24th 1792, we read:
Wednesday last, a party of the Robin Hood’s Bowmen, Toxophilites, and Woodmen of Arden, met on Mr. Anderson’s shooting ground, near Highgate, to practice Archery in the Flemish stile.
The sport began by shooting at blazons, or square targets, covered with painted canvas, intersected by lines, making fifty small squares, on the face of the blazon, each square marked a blank or prize, and the value of the prizes from one to twenty six.
The shooting continued for three hours, when Mr. J. Palmer, of the Woodmen of Arden, was declared the winner of the medal for the centre shot; and Doctor Howarth, of the Toxophilite Society, the winner of the medal for the greatest number of prizes.
The figure of an eagle fixed on a perch 140 feet high, was also shot at; and from the novelty of the sport, afforded much entertainment for about an hour, when Mr. Peacock, of the Robin Hood’s Bowmen, shot it off the perch, and thereby won a gold medal.
The Ladies and Gentlemen who visited the Bowmen on the ground, dined with them in their Lodge. After dinner, Mr. Anderson amused the company with fireworks, emblematical of the day; and dancing followed, which kept the company together till a late hour.

Thomas Anderson, Esquire, of Holloway‘ was again Captain of Numbers at a meeting held in September 1793 at Chatterton, the seat of Sir Watts Horton. Almost a year later, in May 1794, however, ‘The World‘ reported that ‘Thomas Anderson, of Holloway, Bowmaker‘ was required to surrender as a bankrupt.

Hall Place is open to the public [see ]

SKU: O5817 Category:



Very good.


Width – 8.30 cm.; Height 6.70 cm.; Weight – 83.60 gms.

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