Friday, 2 December 2022

Mrs. Jane Leycester, Widow, 1629.

The latest edition to the Lancashire and Cheshire Funeral Certificates:

Mrs. Jane Leycester, Widow, 1629.

Daughter of William Stokes of Chester.
Arms: Quarterly 1 and 4, Azure on a fess Gules between three fleurs-de-lis Or, a martlet Argent for difference; 2 and 3 Azure a lion rampant Argent; over all four quarterings, a crescent for difference Or; impaling Gules, a lion rampant Ermine, a mullet for difference Or.           

Saturday, 19 November 2022

Stunning pub heraldry

An article in "Cheshire Live" is one not to be missed for heraldry addicts. Headlined as "Inside the stunning pub on the doorstep of Cheshire's poshest village" the article shows a number of photographs of The Churchill Tree based on Bruntwoods, Alderley Park in Nether Alderley.

This has been a superb reinvention of the historic former Tenants Hall to become a stylish new community pub. The Manchester Evening News says "Thousands of pounds have been lavished on the transformation of the grade II-listed Tenants Hall to become the Churchill Tree pub. It is set at the heart of Bruntwood’s Alderley Park development in Nether Alderley - but due to successive lockdowns owners Cheshire Pub Company were only able to open inside for a couple of weeks in December before shutting down again. Now, revellers are getting to enjoy the sympathetic refurbishment of the building which was once part of the sprawling Stanley family estate near Alderley Edge.

The article in Cheshire Live can be found here:

The pub's own website can be found here:

Images courtesy of Christopher John.


Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Table Banner

I'm over moon with my heraldic table banner, received yesterday, made by the very talented heraldic artist Kevin Greig . Superb Kevin, many thanks. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2022

Remember, Remember

 It's that time of year again so I make no apologies for reminding my reader that my talk featuring the armorial bearings of the Gunpowder Plotters is available for all to see. 

In this talk, we explore the heraldry, or coats of arms, used by the Gunpowder Plotters and link that heraldry to their lives and their part in the Plot. We explore their lives, their motives and their deaths. 

Bookplates from a friend

 At the end of October I was delighted to receive a letter from a friend in heraldry, Stephen Slater, who kindly enclosed a number of bookplates he thought might interest me and for which I am most grateful.

I share then here for all to see but first of all, I though that you might be interested in the lovely seal featured on Steve's note paper:

Granted by The College of Arms 2 March 1985, Steve's arms are, Or three pairs of wings each conjoined in lure and upwards Sable between six cross crosslets Vert. Crest: On a circlet Sable edged and ermined Or between two sickles blades uppermost points inward Argent the handles Gules the outer edges of the blades set with peacocks feathers proper a demi talbot Azure langued Gules. Motto: Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace).

I've always liked these arms and here is a coloured version:


Of particular Cheshire interest is the bookplate of Thomas Charlton Clutton, Esq. of Chorlton Hall. (A0570 4 F5172).

Sir Edward Hales Bart. (F13257)

And a couple of coloured ones:
1st, James Frederick Beever.

And finally John Beatson.

A lovely surprise, thank you Steve.


Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Squirrels and Chevrons

 Squirrels and Chevrons - a heraldry talk.

I originally gave this talk to the Oxford Heraldry Society during lockdown and it seemed to go down well so I've decided to make it publicly available for all to see. 

The original intention of this lecture was to have been a study of the arms used by the descendants of Lidulph de Twemlow illustrating their use of squirrels and chevrons. However, it soon became apparent that our journey could not ignore the wider descent of Lidulph’s own ancestors. Our study therefore is a meandering one and begins with Wulfric, Lord of Croxton and Lache.

Thursday, 8 September 2022

Elizabeth the Great

I was born a few short months after the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This great lady had been a part of my life forever and it seemed as though she would always be a part of my life. Her legacy will live on in our hearts forever. 

Image courtesy of the 

God bless and keep Her Majesty.
God Save The King

Mrs. Jane Leycester, Widow, 1629.

The latest edition to the Lancashire and Cheshire Funeral Certificates: Mrs. Jane Leycester, Widow, 1629. Daughter of William Stokes of Ches...

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