the long bow was so powerful that skeletons of archers are often found deformed, with enlarged left arms and bone spurs on their left wrists, left shoulders and right fingers. A skilled military archer would have been capable of firing 12 arrows per minute. According to legend the Yew for Robin Hood’s bow came from a Papplewick Churchyard At the time Yew trees were known for their medicinal, symbolic and spiritual qualities.
The English longbow would normally have been made of Yew, whereas the Welsh preferred Elm. The string made was made from hemp soaked in glue. Longbow arrows were about 3 feet long and came in a different types depending on whether you wanted to bring down a horse, pierce chain mail or armour plate.