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.
From Little Snoring (leading one to believe that there is, somewhere nearby, Great Snoring, or at the very least Snoring), to Bishop's Itchingon, to Shitterton, and a whole lot more, a reader recently pointed me to a March 9, 2016 article by BBC Culture entitled "Why does Britain have such bizarre place names?" It's a wonderfully informative and somewhat amusing piece on the origins of many of Britain's somewhat odd place names.
The relationship of this article to heraldry is that it was pointed out that even such little towns as Pity Me (see sign below) have better-than-average heraldry.
Ah, if only that were the case for most towns here in the U.S. (Pity us! [Please pardon the pun; it's still pretty early as I write this.])