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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Arms on the Gate of Christ Church Gate, Canterbury
Having looked at the facade and its two rows of heraldry, we now come to the gate of Christ Church Gate in Canterbury.
Above the main gate (we will discuss the smaller postern gate in our next post) we find two coats of arms.
The one on the left is the arms of William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury 1504-1532. He was Archbishop at the time of the construction of Christ Church Gate. (We saw his arms, marshaled - as here - with the arms of the Archiepiscopal See of Canterbury, in the church of St. Mary-at-Lambeth in London, in our post of September 20, 2018 at https://blog.appletonstudios.com/2018/09/the-arms-of-archbishop.html) The Archbishop's arms are blazoned: Gules a fess or between in chief a goat's head erased and in base three escallops argent.
The arms on the right are those of the martyred Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury 1162-1170. Here again, his arms, blazoned Argent three Cornish coughs sable beaked and legged gules, are marshaled with the arms of the Archiepiscopal See.