Sunday, 22 January 2023

Mainwarings updated Funeral Certificates

I've updated a few images on the Funeral Certificates section of the Cheshire Heraldry website. Those of Mrs Sysely Mainwaring, Widow, 1617, daughter of Ffowlke Dutton of the City of Chester, Esq.

Henry Mainwaring, Esq, 1638 and Sir Randle Mainwaring of Pever, Knight, 1634.

I have also uploaded the blazon for Mrs Frances Marbury, 1634, daughter of John Ardren of Harden Esq., married to Thomas Marbury of Marbury. These are the arms of John Ardren (sic = Arden) of Arden which are a quarterly coat which I have yet to emblazon.

Saturday, 21 January 2023

An unusual mantling

Looking through the various and varied oddments saved on my hard drive I came across a record of the auction held by Forum Auctions* on the 12th December 2018. I thought that this rather eccentric treatment of the torse would be of interest to my reader.

Lot 62

Coat of arms of Edwards of Toxteth Park, Liverpool and Broughton Park, Manchester, watercolour coat of arms, on vellum, framed and glazed, coat of arms 120 x 100mm., [c. 1880].

Estimate: £80 - £120

Hammer Price: £130 (plus commission of course)

In my humble opinion, although there can be no criticism of the artwork, this is yet another example of "Victorian" paper heraldry where real heraldry has been forgotten. No real crest balanced precariously upon the top of the helmet: the torse helped to securely fix the crest upon the helmet but, in this painting, even worse still the purpose of the mantling has been completely forgotten and it has been replaced by something pretending to be a cloak. At the risk of teaching my reader how to suck eggs, the mantling was a piece of cloth fixed to the helmet in order to protect the wearer from the effects of the sun. All that said, the painting is nevertheless a pleasing one. 

*Forum Auctions is the specialist auction house for Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, 20th Century Literature, Modern & Contemporary Art and Editions, Old Master Prints and Drawings, Photographs and other Works on Paper. In May 2022 the firm merged with international art advisory business Gurr Johns, also owners of the UK's leading regional auction house Dreweatts.   

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. 

Mainwarings updated Funeral Certificates

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