Monday, October 31, 2022

Two Colleges, Two Impressive Gates, One Historical Coat of Arms, Part 1

Continuing down St. Andrew's Street from Emmanuel College, which we looked at in our post before last, we came to the very impressive gate of Christ's College on the right.

The above photograph, taken from down the street, gives you an inkling of what is to come.

And this next photo, from closer, gives you even more.

Founded in 1505 by Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, who with her husband, Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, was the mother of King Henry VII, Christ's College bears the Beaufort coat of arms, Quarterly France and England all within a bordure compony argent and azure., and supported by two yales. The crest is a falcon rising gorged of a crown chained.

There are, naturally enough, several instances of the Beaufort badge of a chained portcullis, as well as several Lancastrian red roses, and quite a number of smaller daisies (or, marguerites).

The overall effect is very impressive, and even more so in person than these poor photographs may lead you to believe.


  1. Is not Rare to find lancaster roses still by then? I mean the war of the roses was just finished and tudor was commanding…

  2. The red rose was a badge of Lady Margaret Beaufort. "The instructions for a window at the Greyfriars in Greenwich in 1503 specify the placing over the heads of Henry VII and his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, cloths of estate powdered with portcullises and red roses." (Heraldic Badges in England and Wales, II.1. Royal Badges, by Michael Powell Siddons, p. 223)