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Annual Heraldry Study Day (Salford)

June 19th, 2017 · No Comments

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.

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Walthall of Wistaston

June 18th, 2017 · No Comments

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 Wistaston
Arms: 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.


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Cheshire Heraldry Badge Banner

June 18th, 2017 · No Comments

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


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Walley of Middlewich

June 18th, 2017 · No Comments

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

“No proofe made of this coat.”

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Venables of Agden

June 18th, 2017 · No Comments

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.

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Venables Augmentation

June 14th, 2017 · No Comments

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

Venables, Baron of Kinderton

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.

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Swettenham of Swettenham

June 7th, 2017 · Comments Off on Swettenham of Swettenham

Swettenham of Swettenham
Arms: 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.

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Venables, Baron of Kinderton

June 7th, 2017 · Comments Off on 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].

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Venables of Antrobus

June 7th, 2017 · Comments Off on Venables of Antrobus

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

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Thorpe of Chester

June 6th, 2017 · Comments Off on Thorpe of Chester

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

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