|The Cheshire Heraldry Web Site is the public face of The Cheshire Heraldry Trust. The objects of the Trust are: to encourage the study of Cheshire heraldry in particular and heraldry in general along with allied subjects by arranging lectures, discussions, visits, publications and exhibitions; by seeking to co-operate with other Societies and Associations devoted to the same or similar purposes and by such other means as the Trustees may from time to time determine.
Martin Goldstraw is one of the founder Trustees of The Cheshire Heraldry Trust and the author and illustrator of the Cheshire Heraldry web site and the book CHESHIRE HERALDRY - THE VISITATIONS OF 1533 TO 1580. Born at a very early age in Leek, a town in rural North Staffordshire known as the Queen of the Moorlands, his interest in the heraldry of the County of Cheshire began when it became apparent that the origins of the surname Goldstraw lie in the surname of Goostrey. The village of Goostrey is within the bounds of the County Palatine of Cheshire. Heraldry is something of an addiction as far as Martin is concerned and he was pleased to be granted armorial bearings of his own from the College of Arms at the commencement of the new Millennium.
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