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)
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Walking down one of the streets inside the old city walls of Canterbury, I came across this wonderful old door which had set into the wall above it a well-known coat of arms:
The arms are, of course, those of the See of Canterbury.
We have seen these arms before in my earlier posts about the Church of St. Mary at Lambeth, and will see them again in some posts in the near future, where they are marshaled with the personal arms of some of the archbishops.
The arms of the see are blazoned: Azure a cross-staff or with its cross argent overall a pallium argent trimmed or charged with four crosses formy fitchy sable.
Watch for future posts containing these arms (both alone and marshaled) when I finally get to the jewel of the city, Canterbury Cathedral.