The badge of The Cheshire Heraldry Society designed
by Lesley Holt.
Lesley Audrey Holt (1928 - 2010)
Born on the Wirral,
Lesley Holt had a lifelong interest in art and
art history. This interest was soon channelled
into Medievalism and Heraldry. The love of
heraldry coupled with a fine artistic talent and
ability to absorb the most esoteric facts gave
her a formidable advantage in discussions and in
her talks and lectures over many years.
For over half a century she was a member of the
Cheshire (originally Macclesfield) Heraldry
Society and was in several other like bodies
including the Stockport Writers Circle. She was
a keen attender at meetings and visits and
maintained this interest despite ill-health.
A determined traveller she said that “everyone
should see Everest before they die” - so off she
went to Nepal !!!
Her passing leaves an immense void in the local
In a statement on behalf of The Cheshire
Heraldry Society, Chairman Harold Storey, sent
the following message:
Mrs. Lesley A. Holt - an appreciation
We were all very saddened by the recent death of
one of our founder members. Lesley has
always been a keen supporter of our activities,
and has acted as Secretary and held other
offices over the years.
Lesley was a keen amateur heraldic artist, she
designed the Society’s badge. She enjoyed
passing on her heraldic knowledge, even running
classes for young children at her local
school. Her enthusiasm for heraldry even
extended to her joining a local jousting club,
where she made sure that all the shields being
displayed at least followed the laws of
heraldry. Some years ago she wrote a
column in Cheshire Life about the Coats of Arms
of various Cheshire families.
Lesley had many other interests, not least the
successes of her son - a marine biologist, and
her daughter and grand-daughter who cared for
her in her recent illness.
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