Monday, January 6, 2020

A Final Stop in Canterbury

Yes, I know; there's a lot more heraldry in Canterbury Cathedral that I have not posted here. But, really, do you need yet another picture of the tomb of the Black Prince, his jupon and helm? I don't think so; there are plenty of images out there, at least some of which are better than any photographs that I might post here. And, yes, there are a lot of armorial stained glass windows in the Cathedral that I also am not posting here, for the same reasons.

But before leaving Canterbury entirely, though, I have one more place with heraldry to show you.

This is the building housing the Institute of Genealogical and Heraldic Studies, founded by Cecil Humphrey-Smith (full disclosure: I have met C.H-S. on a couple of occasions, almost made him chuckle once (ask me about that when you see me sometime), and I own most of his books). My friend Richard Baker is in charge of the day-to-day activities of the Institute.

They do a lot of good work there, and offer both on-site and correspondence/internet courses in genealogy and heraldry. If you are interested, you can find their website with more details as well as books for sale on-line at

I did find the shield-shaped sign hanging outside the Institute a fun bit of whimsy; this is, of course, not their coat of arms.

This is their coat of arms: Azure a cross flory within an annulet of acorns bases outward or. (That may not be the official blazon, but that's what it looks like to me.) The motto is: Tentaverunt me patres vestri (Your fathers tested me).

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