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Cheshire and Lancashire Funeral Certificates

July 25th, 2017 · Comments Off on Cheshire and Lancashire Funeral Certificates

Having completed the Visitation series of images (if such a thing can ever be considered to be finished) I have moved forward to the next Cheshire Heraldry project, that of the Cheshire and Lancashire Funeral Certificates 1600 to 1678 edited by John Paul Rylands and first published in 1882 by the Lancashire and Cheshire Records Society.

Although I haven’t yet linked the project to the main Cheshire Heraldry Website here is a sneak preview for my reader:


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Rulings from the College of Arms

July 16th, 2017 · Comments Off on Rulings from the College of Arms

On a lazy Sunday, after a brisk walk on the Welsh coast, I settled down to peruse some of the (few) reference books I have here with me and found this rather interesting titbit in the January 1950 edition of The Heraldry Society’s quarterly publication Coat of Arms. It is interesting because it is spoken with authority (Garter King of Arms) and yet it is a system of quartering seldom, if ever, encountered (by me at least).

Click on the image to enlarge it.

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Wilcoxson of Sproston

July 2nd, 2017 · Comments Off on Wilcoxson of Sproston

Well, I’ve just uploaded the very last image for the Cheshire Visitations series (although there are a few tweaks yet to do). I’ve had a bit of fun with this one, making the crest a tad exaggerated like some ancient European crests.

Wilcoxson of Sproston
Arms: Quarterly Or and Sable four fleurs-de-lis counterchanged a chief Ermine.
Crest: A lion’s jamb erect Erminoise grasping a fleur-de-lis Sable.

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Whichcote of Mobberley

June 30th, 2017 · Comments Off on Whichcote of Mobberley

Whichcote of Mobberley
Arms: Ermine, two boars passant in pale Gules.
Crest: A boar’s head erased and erect Gules.

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Wettenhall of Hankelow

June 30th, 2017 · Comments Off on Wettenhall of Hankelow

The latest entry to the Cheshire Heraldry website is that of Wettenhall of Hankelow. In the Visitations Mss for 1663 quarters 2 and three are not identified however, for a Cheshire heraldry enthusiast, quarter two is quite easily identified as Alfram (which is possibly my least favourite coat of arms by virtue of poor colour/tincture contrast). Quarter 3 is quite probably Wallington or Waddington of Craven (according to Papworth’s).

The two Wettenhall entries in the Visitations of 1613 have pedigrees but no arms and the entry for the earlier Visitations of 1530 to 1580 are those of Wetnall of Cholmoston, alias Chomston with the same pronominal arms but with the arms of Crewe in quarters 2 & 3.

Daniel King, in his armorial produced for the Baron of Kinderton circa 1630 records two coats for Wettenhall, the one shown in the Visitations he records as Wetnall (Wetenhall), Vert a cross engrailed Ermine (Modern arms) with the alternative being noted as Wetnall (Wetenhall) Vert a bend Ermine (Ancient arms).   Yet another example of arms evolving.

Wettenhall of Hankelow
Arms: Quarterly:
1 & 4, Vert, a cross engrailed Ermine [Wettenhall]
2,  Azure, crusily and three eagles displayed Or [?Alfram]
3,  Argent, a chevron between three martlets Gules [?Wallington/Waddington of Craven]

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Warburton of Arley

June 29th, 2017 · Comments Off on Warburton of Arley

The latest entry to the Visitations of 1663 is Warburton of Arley. This example perfectly illustrates the changes seen between the three Visitations carried out in Cheshire.


Warburton of Arley
Arms: Quarterly of 6:
1, Argent, a fess between three cormorants Sable [Warburton]
2, Quarterly Argent and Gules, in the second and third quarters a fret Or [Dutton]
3, Argent, two chevronels Gules a canton of the second charged with a mullet Or [? Orreby]
4, Argent, an escutcheon voided within an orle of martlets Sable [Winnington]
5, Sable, a cross patonce Argent [Pulford]
6, Azure, a garb between two bezants in fesse Or [Grosvenor]

Crest: A saracen’s head couped at the shoulders and wreathed around the temples.

Here we can see the variations through the years with 1533 to 1580 on the left, 1613 in the middle and 1663 on the right. Full details of their respective blazons can be found on the main Cheshire Heraldry website. The 1663 arms finally show those of Warburton in the first quarter however, the chevron has become a fess and quarter three has gone from two Sable chevronels to three Gules and finally settling on two Gules chevronels. The Winnington quarter, quarter four, suffers from the usual confusion between an orle and an escutcheon voided. The changes in the crest are anybody’s guess.

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Annual Heraldry Study Day (Salford)

June 19th, 2017 · Comments Off on Annual Heraldry Study Day (Salford)

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 · Comments Off on Walthall of Wistaston

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 · Comments Off on Cheshire Heraldry Badge Banner

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 · Comments Off on Walley of Middlewich

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

“No proofe made of this coat.”

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