It is a solemn matter to appoint a Herald to your household, for he will be with you, assuming your need for him continues, forever after. His presence alone can turn a simple sandwich into a solemn banquet. Never take a Herald on a picnic. (The Book of Weird)
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't register people's coats of arms (though I can certainly suggest designs for those who might be interested). What I do is study, research, teach, and write about heraldry. And I like to share what I have learned about heraldry, hence this blog. I hope that you'll find it informative, interesting at least occasionally, and worth your time to come back. Got a question? Comments? Feel free to let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
... You can find heraldry everywhere. And anywhere. Even, it turns out, in a junk yard.
In an article in the Lancashire Evening Post of May 17, 2012, Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a coat of arms that had been recovered from a reclamation yard in Preston and then purchased by Ribchester businessman John Wade, who donated it to the town of Accrington.
The coat of arms (shown here from an old series of postcards of British town arms) was granted to Accrington on August 26, 1879.