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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Moving out of the Water Tower of Canterbury Cathedral, we ran across some more heraldry in the corridor which was leading us into the body of the Cathedral itself. First was this lovely window (if you look closely - and you can click on the image below to see a bigger version - the "frame" of the window consists of pieces of recovered stained glass with a variety of bits and pieces of different motifs:
Which has in it the arms of the See marshaled with those of Archbishop Matthew Parker (1559-1575), Gules
on a chevron between three keys argent three estoiles gules. And as if his arms weren't enough, the shield is flanked on each side with the letters M and P, the Archbishop's initials.
Moving along, we then came across this window:
On the left, we have the arms of King Henry VII, Quarterly France modern and England, with its distinctive Tudor royal crown:
And on the right, the arms of the See marshaled with those of Archbishop William Warham (1504-1532), whose arms we have seen before, Gules
a fess or between in chief a goat’s head erased and in base three escallops
Not a bad display of heraldry in something that is really not much more than a hallway from one room to another!