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.


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