“What is it that induceth you, what stirs you up to believe, or who told you that white signifieth faith, and blue constancy? An old paltry book, say you, sold by the hawking pedlars and balladmongers, entitled The Blason of Colours. Who made it? Whoever it was, he was wise in that he did not set his name to it. But, besides, I know not what I should rather admire in him, his presumption or his s...ottishness. His presumption and overweening, for that he should without reason, without cause, or without any appearance of truth, have dared to prescribe, by his private authority, what things should be denotated and signified by the colour: which is the custom of tyrants, who will have their will to bear sway in stead of equity, and not of the wise and learned, who with the evidence of reason satisfy their readers. His sottishness and want of spirit, in that he thought that, without any other demonstration or sufficient argument, the world would be pleased to make his blockish and ridiculous impositions the rule of their devices.” - Rabelais
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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Heraldry in the News
In an article published June 26, 2012, on the ChesterFirst website (which publishes news stories from The Chester Standard and The Chester Leader) about the restoration work being done on the late-19th century Grosvenor Museum building in Chester.
It seems that while doing some of the other work on the upper exterior of the building, they discovered not only that the balustrade needed to be replaced, but the talbots holding the Grosvenor coat of arms needed to be recarved. I have to admit, they are impressive! (I wonder how difficult it would be to do something like this on my house? It probably would cost more than it was worth, wouldn’t it? Still, it’s a great dream!)
The story says that the two talbots were on the Grosvenor coat of arms, but as you can see from this blazon from Burke’s General Armory below, talbots are in the crest and are used as supporters, but do not appear on the shield itself.
The museum is named after Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, who donated part of the land and also paid some of the construction costs for the museum, hence his arms, and supporters, on the roof.