Friday 30 June 2017

Whichcote of Mobberley

Whichcote of MobberleyArms: Ermine, two boars passant in pale Gules.
Crest: A boar's head erased and erect Gules.

Wettenhall of Hankelow

The latest entry to the Cheshire Heraldry website is that of Wettenhall of Hankelow. In the Visitations Mss for 1663 quarters 2 and three are not identified however, for a Cheshire heraldry enthusiast, quarter two is quite easily identified as Alfram (which is possibly my least favourite coat of arms by virtue of poor colour/tincture contrast). Quarter 3 is quite probably Wallington or Waddington of Craven (according to Papworth's).

The two Wettenhall entries in the Visitations of 1613 have pedigrees but no arms and the entry for the earlier Visitations of 1530 to 1580 are those of Wetnall of Cholmoston, alias Chomston with the same pronominal arms but with the arms of Crewe in quarters 2 & 3.

Daniel King, in his armorial produced for the Baron of Kinderton circa 1630 records two coats for Wettenhall, the one shown in the Visitations he records as Wetnall (Wetenhall), Vert a cross engrailed Ermine (Modern arms) with the alternative being noted as Wetnall (Wetenhall) Vert a bend Ermine (Ancient arms).   Yet another example of arms evolving.

Wettenhall of HankelowArms: Quarterly:
1 & 4, Vert, a cross engrailed Ermine [Wettenhall]
2,  Azure, crusily and three eagles displayed Or [?Alfram]
3,  Argent, a chevron between three martlets Gules [?Wallington/Waddington of Craven]

Thursday 29 June 2017

Warburton of Arley

The latest entry to the Visitations of 1663 is Warburton of Arley. This example perfectly illustrates the changes seen between the three Visitations carried out in Cheshire.


Warburton of ArleyArms: Quarterly of 6:
1, Argent, a fess between three cormorants Sable [Warburton]
2, Quarterly Argent and Gules, in the second and third quarters a fret Or [Dutton]
3, Argent, two chevronels Gules a canton of the second charged with a mullet Or [? Orreby]
4, Argent, an escutcheon voided within an orle of martlets Sable [Winnington]
5, Sable, a cross patonce Argent [Pulford]
6, Azure, a garb between two bezants in fesse Or [Grosvenor]

Crest: A saracen's head couped at the shoulders and wreathed around the temples.

Here we can see the variations through the years with 1533 to 1580 on the left, 1613 in the middle and 1663 on the right. Full details of their respective blazons can be found on the main Cheshire Heraldry website. The 1663 arms finally show those of Warburton in the first quarter however, the chevron has become a fess and quarter three has gone from two Sable chevronels to three Gules and finally settling on two Gules chevronels. The Winnington quarter, quarter four, suffers from the usual confusion between an orle and an escutcheon voided. The changes in the crest are anybody's guess.

Monday 19 June 2017

Annual Heraldry Study Day (Salford)

5th October 2017

We welcome our speakers for the day:

Tony Bostock – Cheshire Heraldry Society

John Titterton – Cheshire Heraldry Society

Tony Consadine – Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Martin Goldstraw – Cheshire Heraldry Society



10.00 – 10.40 am Registration and refreshments

10.40 – 10.50 am Welcome and Introduction

10.50 – 11.50 am John Titterton – Title to be advised laters.

11.50 -12.00 noon Comfort Break.

12.00 – 1.00 pm Tony Bostock : "The Middlewich Heraldic Screens Project."


1.00 pm Lunch

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Martin Goldstraw : "Flying Heraldry - A study of the many kinds of Armorial Flags in use in the 21st century."

Comfort Break.

3.10 – 4.10 pm Tony Consadine – “Heraldry in the Bishop’s Palace at Southwell Minster”

4.10 pm Closing Remarks

Refreshments and Farewells.

We hope to have some books on sale from our societies, and a friendly raffle

Please advise if you are able to put on a small display of heraldic or allied subjects.

Sunday 18 June 2017

Walthall of Wistaston

The latest entry to the Visitations of 1663 is that of Walthall of Wistaston which, like many other examples, has changed over the course of the Visitations. In this instance, the hawks have changed to Cornish choughs.

The 1663 record is:

Walthall of WistastonArms: Or, a chevron Vert between three Cornish choughs Sable beaked and legged Gules.

The 1613 version is:

Walthall of Nantwich and Wistaston
Arms: Quarterly -
1 & 4 Or, a chevron Vert between three hawks close Sable.
2 Gules, a chevron between three birds' heads erased Argent, for Marchomley.
3 Azure, a lion rampant Argent within a bordure engrailed Or, a crescent for difference, for Crew

Crest: An arm embowed, vested Gules, gloved Argent, the hand clenched, thereon a falcon close proper.

The record of 1530 to 1580 is identical to that of 1613.

Cheshire Heraldry Badge Banner

Here is a version of the Cheshire Heraldry badge Banner produced for me by Ljubodrag Grujic.

Walley of Middlewich

Walley of MiddlewichArms: Argent, on a cross Sable five lioncels Or.

"No proofe made of this coat."

Venables of Agden

Venables of Agden
Arms: Quarterly:
1 & 4 Azure, two bars Argent a mullet for cadency [Venables]
2 Azure, a chevron between three mullets Argent [              ]
3 Sable, a chevron between three birds Argent [Page]

Crest: Issuant fron a fish-wheel Argent a demi-wyvern Gules.

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Venables Augmentation

A few days ago I added image of Venables, baron of Kinderton to the 1663 Visitations webpage and made an entry in my weblog:

Since then, I have had word from Cheshire Historian Tony Bostock who is presently assisting with The Middlewich Heraldry Project, a project to restore the Venables' Screens in St. Michael's Church in Middlewich, who has obtained, from the British Library, details from two MSs  one of which includes an image of the Venables arms.

Here is what Tony said:

"Thought you might like to see the attached which I received from the BL yesterday as part of the Middlewich Heraldry Project.

It is from Harley MS 139, f. 140. It was recorded by Laurence Bostock from the original Letters Patent issued by Norrey on 30 October 1560 to Sir Thomas Venables. Harley MS 1116 has another copy of the grant made on the day of issue and authenticated by Richmond and Rouge Dragon but without an illustration. Quartering three is given as an augmentation and four as Eccleston. I am just transcribing the text of the Patent.

You might note that the child is positioned in the dragon’s mouth feet first: the crest is described thus:

uppon thelme a dragon silvr / scaled an piced throwe the bodie wth an arrowe gold hedded and / fethered silvr devoweringe of a child Chernell heired gold, sett on a / wyer, or wilson Silvr banded bleweon a wrethe silvr blewe and Red, / mantled Red Lynedd sylvery botoned gold. "

This throws light on many of the tinctures of the crest and it is interesting to note that quarter three, the wyvern coat, is an augmentation.

I am most grateful to Tony for obtaining the information.

Details of the augmentation of the crest (but no mention of the coat) found in The History of the County Palatine of Chester by J. H. Hanshall.

This extract from  "Supplement etc." by William baker Daniel. This indicates that the "Dragon" is in the arms as well as the crest.

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Swettenham of Swettenham

Swettenham of SwettenhamArms: Quarterly of eight;
1 & 8 Argent, on a bend Vert three half spades of the field [Swettenham]
2 Argent, on a chevron between three cross-crosslets fitchess Azure as many fleurs-de-lis of the field [Birtles]
3 Sable two chevronels Or each charged with three fleurs-de-lis Gules [                   ]
4 Gules, a fess between three stags' heads caboshed Or [                      ]
5 Argent, a stag's head caboshed Sable attired Or [                  ]
6 Gules, three scythe blades in pale Or [Kempley]
7 Sable, ten plates - four, three, two and one, on a chief Argent a lion passant of the field [Bridgeman]

Crest: A lion rampant supporting an oak tree.

Venables, Baron of Kinderton

Venables, Baron of Kinderton Arms: Quarterly of 6:
1 & 6 Azure, two bars Argent [Venables]
2 [Argent], a cross flory between four martlets [Gules] [Golbourne]
3 [Vert], a wyvern [Argent] [                ] .
4 [Argent], three piles in point wavy [Sable] [               ].
5 [Azure], an eagle displayed [Argent] [Coton] .

Crest: Upon a fish-wheel [Argent] a wyvern collared [Gules] pierced through the body with an arrow devouring a child [proper].

Venables of Antrobus

Venables of Antrobus and ChesterArms: Azure, two bars and in chief two mullets Argent a mullet for cadency.
Crest: Issuant from a fish-wheel Argent a wyvern .... collared Gules.

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Thorpe of Chester

Thorpe of ChesterArms: Checky Argent and Sable, on a fesse Or three martlets of the second.
Crest: A demi-bird Or wings elevated Vert.

Starkey of Stretton

The latest addition to the 1663 Cheshire Visitations is:

Starkey of Stretton
Arms: Argent, a stork Sable charged (for cadency) with an annulet a canton Gules.
Crest: A stork's head erased per pale Argent and Gules charged (for cadency) with an annulet and holding in the beak a .....*

* Although there are no further details of what the stork is holding in its beak in the visitations MSS, Burke's G.A. records the blazon as  A stork's head erased per pale Argent and Sable holding in the beak Gules a snake Vert.

Thursday 1 June 2017

Spanne (Speune)

Spanne (Speune)Arms: Gyronny Or and Azure, an escutcheon Gules charged with a lion's head erased Argent.
Crest: A lion's head Gules langued Azure collared Or.

"No proofe of this coate."

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