Cheshire Heraldry Web Journal (Blog)

A journal of the activities of an Amateur Armorist.

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Website News

September 16th, 2019 · Comments Off on Website News

As from the 16th September 2019 the main section of the website will be temporarily unavailable while a process of re-thinking and updating takes place; as yet, I have no idea how long this will take so apologise to my reader for any inconvenience caused.

Access to the weblog, Gallery, and Cheshire Heraldry Society page will be maintained.

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Harold Johnson Storey

August 26th, 2019 · Comments Off on Harold Johnson Storey

 I have just heard the very sad news that Harold Storey, who was for many, many years, Chairman of the Cheshire Heraldry Society, had died in Stepping Hill, he was 92 with a heart problem & Bronchitis.

The funeral is in Thursday 5 September at All Saints Church, Church Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7JL at 2.15pm for 2.30pm. If you wish to attend, it has been suggested that you park on Hill Top Avenue as Church Road is very busy.

Afterwards there is to be a wake at The Deanwater, Woodford SK7 1RJ. It is 3.5 miles away & takes 8 mins according to AA Route Planner. It is off a big lay-by with a big car park at the back of the hotel. There is a pedestrian entrance at the back.

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The Mortimer Society

August 20th, 2019 · Comments Off on The Mortimer Society

Posted on behalf of The Mortimer Society: The Mortimer History Society and the Friends of Ludlow Museum are pleased to present The Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll: A Mirror into Tudor Times a joint conference to be held in Ludlow Methodist Church on Saturday 5th October

In 1574 Sir Henry Sidney, Lord President of the Council of Wales in the Marches, set up 46 coats of arms in the round chapel in Ludlow castle. These included previous owners of the castle, previous lords president, and all 22 current members of the Council. This collection of arms was substantially added to, over the years, and were still around in the 18th century when Mytton recorded them. Unfortunately, they subsequently disappeared completely and we were just left with Mytton’s descriptions.

What none of us realised, however, is that Sir Henry had all the original coats of arms copied onto a roll of parchment and, quite fortuitously, we “discovered” this roll in 2015. Following an appeal, the roll was purchased and conserved; excellent paper copies have been made and much research has been done on the heraldry, on the people and on the roll itself.

At this conference we will be telling the story of the roll and setting it in its Tudor context. The roll itself will be on display and we are expecting that the book we’ve written about it will be published in time.

For full details of the conference and how to book go to mortimerhistorysociety.org.uk/index.php/2019-roll or telephone Philip Hume on 01584 831654.

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William David Hamilton Sellar

January 28th, 2019 · Comments Off on William David Hamilton Sellar

The Lyon Court has just tweeted the following intimation:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of William David Hamilton Sellar, MVO, LLD, MA, LLB, FRHistS, FSA Scot, Lord Lyon King of Arms from 2008-2014.”

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The Gunpowder Plotters – Gentlemen All

October 3rd, 2018 · Comments Off on The Gunpowder Plotters – Gentlemen All

I’m looking forward to November when, on the 8th, I shall be giving an illustrated talk, on the subject of The Gunpowder Plotters – Gentlemen All, to the Suffolk Heraldry Society. The talk will be held at The Quaker Meeting House, St.John’s Street (access can also be had from St.Andrew’s Street North), Bury St.Edmunds, IP33 1SJ and it will commence at 2:30 p.m.

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Visitations at a discount

September 19th, 2018 · Comments Off on Visitations at a discount

Here is the latest discount code for my books available via Lulu.com

The full range can be found here:

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The Adams Family

September 17th, 2018 · Comments Off on The Adams Family

Recent conversations about The Addams Family, a fictional household created by American cartoonist Charles Addams, reminded me that there is another family of the same name of far greater historical importance, the Adams family of North Staffordshire. Richard Adams, 1739 – 1811, was a master Potter and is of immense importance to the history of pottery making.

The Adams family and the families they married into were, in the most part, armigerous.

Images from Notes on some North Staffordshire Families by Percy Adams.

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Book Review in the Heraldry Gazette

September 15th, 2018 · Comments Off on Book Review in the Heraldry Gazette

I was most gratified to see, in the September edition of the Heraldry Gazette, a book review of my latest illustrated book The Visitations of Cheshire 1613: A Cheshire Armorial however, I felt obliged to send the following note to the editor.

“I am most grateful for the book review (The Heraldry Gazette September 2018) however, I feel I ought to drop you a note to preempt the inevitable outcries over the impression lent by the review that the book is based upon a work by Ormerod; this is a result of the reviewers editing of two paragraphs into one short sentence, an inevitable result no doubt of a lack of space, and not an error by the author. The work, as stated in the book under review, is in fact based upon the armorial bearings recorded at the Heralds’ Visitations of Cheshire in the year 1613 as published in 1909 by The Records Society for the publication of original documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire.

Would you kindly note my corrective comments lest I be hung drawn and quartered as an innocent man! ”

P.S. Should you need to refer to it, the unaltered reference is as follows:

This book is the second of a series of illustrated armorials entitled Cheshire Heraldry. None of the books in this series are intended to be authoritative; their simple purpose is to act as an illustrated companion to add some colour to other more scholarly works such as the Harleian MS series of Cheshire Visitations and the magnum opus produced by George Ormerod entitled The history of the county palatine and city of Chester …incorporated with a republication of King’s Vale Royal and Leycester’s Cheshire antiquities.

This volume features illustrations of the armorial bearings recorded at the Heralds’ Visitations of Cheshire in the year 1613 as published in 1909 by The Records Society for the publication of original documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire. The book published by The Records Society contains few illustrations and those that are included are in black and white.

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Napoleonic Heraldry

September 12th, 2018 · Comments Off on Napoleonic Heraldry

The lectures of the Cheshire Heraldry Society kick off with a welcome visit from Charles J. Burnett Esq. KStJ, DA, MLitt, FHSS, FSAScot former Ross Herald of Arms who will be talking to us on the 22nd September on the topic of Napoleonic Heraldry. Details can be found on the Society’s webpage http://cheshire-heraldry.org.uk/society

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Facsimile Books

August 3rd, 2018 · Comments Off on Facsimile Books

Here is the latest discount code for my books available via Lulu.com

The full range can be found here:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/martinatcheshireheraldrydotorgdotuk

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