The quintessentially English Victorian Clubhouse was originally built in 1865 on Wimbledon Common, where Earl Spencer and the Duke of Cambridge had manorial rights. The Clubhouse acted as the headquarters for advisors to the government on the future of shooting. Queen Victoria opened the ranges with the first shot and coincidentally one of the attending councillors was the great grandfather of Bisley Shooting Group’s current owner.
As the urbanisation of Wimbledon grew steps were taken to move the shooting grounds to an alternate location. This process was catalysed by an event in which one of the councillors was strolling round the grounds in his top hat and tails, and a stray musket bullet went through his top hat! This is the reason that the Bisley Shooting Group logo features a top hat with a hole through it.
Taken down in 1895 and moved to a beautiful 3,000 acre estate in Bisley, the clubhouse has remained there ever since and offers an elegant and comfortable place to relax and dine. Also on the estate is the National Rifle Association (NRA), the governing body of full-bore rifle and centre-fire pistol shooting in Great Britain. The NRA was granted Royal Charter in 1894 for the “promotion of marksmanship in the interests of the Defence of Realm and permanence of the Volunteer Forces, Navy military and Air”.
The present Prince of Wales has held the office of President since 1977 and has shot for the House of Lords in the Vizianagram Match, held annually against the House of Commons.
2013 came with the addition of Bisley at Braidwood, Scotland’s largest clay shooting school set on a beautiful estate overlooking the Eildon Hills in the Scottish Borders, just south of Edinburgh. Bisley at Braidwood benefits from the same unrivalled layout as its sister company in Surrey and welcomes everyone from the complete novice looking to take up this exciting sport, to the seasoned pro looking for a fun challenge. Not just for the shotgun shot, the ground is also home to Scotland’s 1st 100m full-bore rifle pipe range giving endless possibilities to the rifle shot within the comfort and safety of an enclosed environment sheltering one from the elements.