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So, after staring in awe at the massive east window in the Chapter House at Canterbury Cathedral, and then turning around to see the smaller windows with the arms of several Archbishops and Deans, we take a step back and then look up to see this:
The inscription across the bottom reads:
In memory of / Frederick William Farrar, D.D. / Dean of this Cathedral 1895-1903 / This window was erected on / Public Subscription.
We saw Dean Farrar's coat of arms in the immediately preceding post.
Like the east window, the main part of the west window contains figures important in one way or another to the history of the Cathedral, from Queen Bertha, Augustine, and King Ethelbert (in the first three windows in the top row) through Thomas Becket and King Henry II (the first two windows in the second row) through King Henry IV (who is buried in the Cathedral) and King Henry VIII (in the first two windows in the bottom row), through the coronation of Queen Victoria in the last window at the bottom right. The difference is that this window omits the Royal heraldry but portrays some of the events for which the people portrayed are famous.
In this window, as in the east window, there is a lot of heraldry at the top, but before we get to some of those, if you look carefully, you will notice four smaller windows in the center with images of (l-r, top to bottom): St Andrew, St. David, St. George, and St. Patrick. These are, of course, the patron saints of Scotland, Wales, England, and Ireland, respectively.
Flanking these last is a row of shields, from left right, with the arms of: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
Surrounding and above all of these we have the arms of a great number of colleges of both Cambridge and Oxford Universities.
And, at the very peak of the window, the arms (once again) of the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral of Christ Church, Canterbury.
Of the colleges, you may recognize a number of them right off. I know I did, though I couldn't necessarily put a name to each of them without looking them up.
Want a "cheat sheet" to help you identify the arms here? Here are a couple of old postcards with the arms of the colleges of both Cambridge and Oxford. Happy hunting!
After entering the Chapter House at Canterbury Cathedral, and finding yourself a bit overwhelmed at the sight of the large stained glass window at the eastern end of the room, if you turn around and look at the wall behind you, there are a couple of windows looking back out into the Cloister with coats of arms in them. In one window, all of the arms are of former Archbishops of Canterbury. In the second, the arms of those of some of the Deans of the Chapter of the Cathedral of Christ Church, Canterbury.
Once again, you may recognize some of this heraldry from where we have run across them elsewhere in Canterbury (or even earlier, at St. Mary-at-Lambeth in London).
From left to right, and moving from the left window to the right one, we have:
The attributed arms of Archbishop Anselm (1093-1109) [all the dates included here refer to their tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury], Argent goutty de sang a cross sable, and Archbishop Stephen Langton (1207-1228), Per pale azure and gules a bend or.
Simon de Sudbury (1375-1381), Sable a talbot sejant within a bordure engrailed argent (There is another coat of arms attributed to the Archbishop - Argent on a cross azure the letter M crowned or - but he bore these arms on his seal) and Henry Chicheley (1414-1443), Or a chevron between three cinquefoils gules.
John Morton (1486-1500), whose arms we have seen several times before, Quarterly gules and ermine in the first and fourth quarters a goat's head erased argent, and Frederick Temple (1896-1903), Quarterly: 1 and 4, Or an eagle displayed sable; 2 and 3, Argent two bars sable each charged with three martlets or (These arms were also borne by William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury 1942-1945).
In the next window, we find the arms of Nicholas Wotton (1541-1567) [here, too, the dates are those of the individual's tenure as Dean], Quarterly of six: 1, Sable a saltire argent; 2, Sable(?) on a chief argent a lion passant sable; 3, Azure on a bend argent three eagles displayed sable; 4, Ermine a fess checky or and azure (probably Arden or Arderne); 5, Bendy of six argent and gules; and 6, Bendy of eight azure and argent,* and Thomas Nevil or Nevile (1597-1615), Gules on a saltire argent a rose gules.
* The identification of the arms, or indeed of the tinctures themselves, here is very "iffy". Wotton is not found in Humphrey-Smith's An Alphabetical Catalogue of Coats of Arms in Canterbury Cathedral. Burke's General Armory cites several Wotton coats of arms, but in the closest ones to the first quarter in this coat the tinctures are reversed, i.e., Argent a saltire sable. Further searches on-line, e.g., for "Wotton" or "Nicholas Wotton" + "a saltire argent", and off, e.g., Papworth's Ordinary of British Armorials, failed to turn up any useful information.
John Tillotson (1672-1689), Azure two bendlets between two garbs argent, and John Sharp (1689-1691), Azure a pheon argent and on a bordure or twelve torteaux.
And finally, Frederic Farrar (1895-1903), Argent on a bend engrailed sable three horseshoes argent, and Henry Alford (1857-1871), Or on a chevron sable between three roses gules three fleurs-de-lys argent.
Moving from the Cloister through a doorway into the Chapter House, the visitor is confronted at the far, east, end of the room by a huge stained glass window depicting in its main sections people important in the history of Canterbury from Queen Bertha to Queen Victoria. (You can click on the image below to see a larger version of this photograph.)
Most of these individuals, with the exceptions of King Henry III, King Edward I, the Black Prince, King Henry IV, King Henry VIII, and Queen Victoria, are not shown with their coats of arms.
The upper part of the windows display a number of coats of arms, mostly of different sees around England with the arms of a few individuals thrown in for good measure (e.g., the arms of Archbishop Temple impaling those of the Archepiscopal See). You may recognize some of them without even needing to look them up.
In between is a row of heraldry with four coats of arms we have seen several times before in our survey of heraldry in Canterbury:
Here, the Archepiscopal See of Canterbury, and the Canterbury Cathedral Dean and Chapter:
And the Grand Lodge of Masons (Gules on a chevron between three towers argent a pair of compasses sable, impaling Quarterly azure and or a cross quarterly argent and vert between 1st a lion rampant or, 2nd a bull passant sable, 3rd a man statant affronty hands elevated proper vested sable [should be vert?], and 4th an eagle displayed or), and the County of Kent.
It is an awe-inspiring window, and well worth the time to sit and glory in its construction and colors. And its heraldry.
For our final armorial memorial in the Cloister at Canterbury Cathedral, we find this modern plaque inset into the wall:
In Memory of
Thomas John Claggett
First Bishop of Maryland
and first Bishop consecrated
in the United States of America
the United States Senate
A direct descendant of
Three times Mayor of Canterbury
and Alderman of the City
between 1599 and 1638
tells us that Thomas John Claggett (1743-1816) was the first bishop of the
newly-formed American Episcopal Church, U.S.A. (also known as the Protestant
Episcopal Church in the U.S.A.) to be consecrated on American soil and the
first bishop of the then-recently established (1780) Episcopal Diocese of
died August 4, 1816, at his family home, Croome, in Croom, Maryland. Originally
interred in the family plot on the property, his remains were moved in 1898 to
the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, then still in the early stages of construction.
epitaph, which includes the dates of his ordinations, was penned by his friend
and fellow churchman, lawyer-poet Francis Scott Key (1779-1843), author of the
"Star Spangled Banner".
even a portrait of Bishop Claggett on the Wikipedia page.
Once again, it was the heraldry at the top of this memorial that caught me like a fly in a spider's web.
find the diocesan arms (Sable a key and a pastoral staff in saltire or) to dexter (to the viewer’s left) anywhere, not even in
the comprehensive Heraldry in the Episcopal Church by Eckford de Kay. (The
arms of the Diocese of Maryland are unmistakably different from the arms on the
memorial.) The arms here do, however, show elements that appear on a number of
diocesan arms in the Episcopal Church: a key and pastoral staff in saltire (e.g.,
in the arms of the Diocese of Connecticut and the arms of the Diocese of
Armory gives the beautifully simple arms of Clagett (on the sinister side of the shield, to
the viewer’s right) of Kent and London: Ermine on a fess sable three pheons
Nearing the end of our survey of the heraldry in the Cloister at Canterbury Cathedral, we come to this monument to a clergyman.
The lower part of the inscription is, alas, broken and only partly readable. The upper portion of the inscription reads:
of the Revd Thomas Bennett,
Rector of St
Alphage, Vicar of Northgate,
Stone in the Isle of Orkney,
Canon of this Cathedral
Who died Novr
22d, 1824, aged 54 years.
the daughter of the late
Levett Esqrof Georgia N. America
who with a
numerous family is left
the loss of a tender husband
place lie the remains of
Julian, infant daughter of the above.
The website Historic Canterbury (http://www.machadoink.com/St%20Mary%20Northgate.htm) tells us of Reverend Bennett: "He was of Trinity College, Cambridge, A.B. 1792,
A.M. 1795. He was elected Minor Canon in 1810, presented to St. Alphage in 1812
by Archbishop of Canterbury; and in 1820 to the Vicarage of Stone, by the Dean
and Chapter. *T. Bennett, a minor canon of Westminster, 1797, and also of
Canterbury, 1810; in the latter year he was presented by the Dean and Chapter
of Canterbury to the vicarage of Stone, Kent. He was likewise vicar of Herne
Bay, and, in 1812, made vicar of St. Alphege, and rector of St. Mary Northgate,
Canterbury. He died within the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral, aged 58, at
the close of the year 1824. He took his degrees of B.A. in 1792, and of M.A. in
1795, and was second on the list of junior optimes in the former year." As ever, though, it was the coat of arms and crest near the peak of the monument which caught my attention. Though not painted in color, it is partially hatched (the field, for gules, or red):
Armory gives us: Bennett. Gules a bezant between three demi-lions rampant
argent. (Given the relative sizes of the roundel and demi-lions, I think I would have blazoned it Gules three demi-lions rampant argent at fess point a bezant, but I know that the usual grammar of blazon places the central charge before more peripheral charges, unless the central charge is a mark of cadency. Still, Burke's blazon could make you believe that the bezant, the golden roundel, in the center is much larger than carved here.)
Cecil Humphrey-Smith’s An Alphabetical Catalogue of Coats of Arms in
Canterbury Cathedral blazons the crest: A demi-lion rampant couped or holding
At the time I posted that, I didn't know what the arms held by the angels were meant to symbolize, and I had my doubts that they were "real" heraldry.
It turns out that I was correct; they are not arms, but are instead instruments of the Passion of Jesus Christ. According to Humphrey-Smith's An Alphabetical Catalogue of Coats of Arms in Canterbury Cathedral, the shields held by the angels are:
Azure three dice proper. Argent a cock proper. Gules thirty plates [the 30 pieces of silver]
Argent a ladder between a hammer and a pair of pincers all palewise proper. Gules a pillar between a whip and a birch palewise proper. Or the letters IHS sable.
Or a crown of thorns vert. Sable a lantern proper. Gules a wooden cross superinscribed I.N.R.I. all proper. Sable a staff with a sponge and a spear in saltire proper. Or three nails their points meeting in base proper.
So there you have it! If you compare the blazons here with my guesses, in the majority of the cases I was way off base. (In my defense, the paint on many of them is badly faded, making them difficult to identify.) It's nice to have some closure on these shields, though; if only I'd known enough to look up "Instruments of the Passion" when I originally wrote that post.
Continuing our perambulation around the Cloister at Canterbury Cathedral, we found this memorial to an officer of the Royal Navy who lost his life in World War I in 1916.
The inscription reads:
To the Glory
of God and in Memory
Commander Julian Tenison
son of Charles and Isabel
born 1885, joined H.M.S.
1900, and was killed
of Submarine E4
Flotilla, August 15,
two years service
In the Great
Pro Rege et
from the Rev. Edward Tenison
Elverton Manor and Canon of this
Bishop of Ossery and from Lieut.
Tenison, Royal Fusiliers, who was
Canterbury 1739. He died unmarried
male representative of Thomas
Archbishop of Canterbury
is erected by his mother and
sister Eva Mabel Tenison.
The arms are
blazoned: Quarterly: 1 and 4, Sable [though the field here is clearly
painted azure (blue)] a fess embattled and in chief three moorcocks argent
(Tenison); 2 and 3, Or a griffin segreant sable, in dexter chief a trefoil vert
all within a bordure gules (Boys).
The crests are: A moorcock sable in his beak a rose gules slipped vert (Tenison); A griffin
sergeant sable charged on the shoulder with two trefoils in fess vert (Boys).
Armory blazons the birds in chief in the Tenison arms as three doves.
arms here are different from the Tenison arms we discussed in the post of July 15,
2019. Those Tenison arms are Gules a bend engrailed argent between three
leopard’s faces jessant-de-lis or. (Thomas Tennison, Archbishop of
Canterbury, 1695-1715, per Burke.) I have no idea why, if he was "the last
male representative of Thomas Tenison,
Archbishop of Canterbury", the Tenison quarters in his arms should be so different from those of the Archbishop.
some similarity between the arms in the second and third quarters here (for
Boys) and the arms of Anne Tenison (née Searle or Sayer) found in my July 15
post, in that in each there is a fess embattled and three birds, though the fess here
is only embattled to chief, and all three birds are in chief, not two and one
around the fess.
Regarding Lieut. Commander Tenison's death on the Royal Navy submarine E4, Wikipedia has the following to say about the submarine: HMS E4 was a British E class submarine built by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness, costing £101,900. E4 was laid down on 16 May 1911, launched on 5 February 1912 and commissioned on 28 January 1913. The ship had a complement of 3 officers and 28 men. On 24 September 1915 E4 was attacked by the German airship SL3. On 15 August 1916, she collided with sister ship E41 during exercises off Harwich. Both ships sank and there were only 14 survivors, all from E41. Both boats were raised, repaired and recommissioned. She was sold on 21 February 1922 to the Upnor Ship Breaking Company.
Continuing on around the Cloister at Canterbury Cathedral, we find this armorial memorial set into the floor:
Here resteth the body of
ELIZABETH the Wife of the
Revd WM BRODERIP Minor Canon
of this Church
who died April 19th 1751 Aged 35
and likewise the Revd
WM BRODERIP Minor Canon
who died April 17th 1764 Aged 55.
WM BRODERIP died June 3 1770 aged 26
ELIZABETH BRODERIP died Augst
8th 1774 aged 30 Years.
JANE BRODERIP Relict of the
Revd William Broderip died Augst
10th 1778 aged 67 Years.
Canon Broderip’s first wife was Elizabeth Terry of Canterbury.
It is the arms on the memorial that lead us to our heraldic mystery, though.
We have seen the arms on the dexter side of the shield (to the viewer's left) in our immediately preceding post regarding the memorial to Isaac Terry.
Here, we have: Ermine on
a pile gules a leopard’s face jessant-de-lis or (Terry), impaling _____ a
chevron _____ between three covered cups _____ (Broderip?).
It is highly
unusual to see an impalement with the wife’s arms to dexter (the viewer’s left);
that place is normally reserved for the husband’s arms.
And about the husband's arms (ignoring for now that they are placed to sinister, in the place normally reserved for the wife's arms):
Burke’s General Armory nor Papworth’s Dictionary of British Armorials
shows “a chevron between three covered cups” for Broderip.
Papworth cites various color
combinations as belonging to Butler/Boteler, Pellet/Pellett/Pillett,
Sellers/Sallers/Sollers, Warcup/Warcop, and Strange/Straunge, but not to Broderip.
Burke gives two different coats for Broderip/Brodrepp/Brodribb. One is Gules
three swans close argent; the other is Gules a cross couped or between
four barnacle fowls (another, swans) argent. Obviously, neither of those two Broderip coats matches the chevron and covered cups here.
So I am at a bit of a loss to explain what is going on here. Why are Elizabeth Terry's paternal arms on the dexter side of this impalement? Where do the arms on the sinister side of the impalement come from? Whose are they, Broderip or someone else's?
I can only quote a line from the movie Shakespeare In Love: "It's a mystery."
Continuing our circumlocution of the Cloister at Canterbury Cathedral, we come to this memorial set into the floor:
Here lieth Interred the Body of
ISAAC TERRY, Gent.
who departed this life Septemr
the 18th 1754 Aged 34 Years.
Though worn, the marshaled coat of arms is still mostly legible:
on a pile gules a leopard’s head jessant-de-lis or, a crescent for difference (Terry),
impaling, A fess dancetty between three birds. Crest: A dragon’s head
Armory notes - Terrey (London): Ermine on a pile gules a leopard’s face
jessant-de-lis or, with the crest: A dragon’s head erased vert vomiting
flames of fire proper collared ermine ringed and lined or.
of British Armorials gives several possibilities for the wife’s arms:
(Bromley, Kent): Argent a fess dancetty sable between three Cornish choughs
Inn): Or a fess indented sable between three Cornish choughs proper.
(Barking, Essex; London; and Chipping Norton, Oxford): Azure a fess indented
between three pigeons or.
(London): Sable a fess dancetty ermine between three doves argent.
Bransboth, Suffolk): Sable a fess dancetty ermine between three doves close
(Colchester and county Lincoln): Sable a fess dancetty … between three doves
others with a fess dancetty between three falcons and a fess dancetty between
three martlets, but I find these less likely.
If I had to guess, I believe that Thomas is the most likely candidate for Isaac Terry's wife's arms here.
Terry is not the Isaac Terry who gave the sermon “The religious and
loyal subject's duty considered : with regard to the present Government and the
Revolution” in the Cathedral Church of Canterbury, on Wednesday, January 30,
Not all of the armorial memorials in the Cloister at Canterbury Cathedral are in the floor; some are set into the wall around the Cloister.
Sacred to the Memory of
the Revd James Ford, B.A.
for forty seven years a Minor Canon of this
Cathedral, and Rector of St George the Martyr,
and St Mary Magdalene in this City;
Who departed this life the 5th of January 1824,
in the 74th year of his age.
And of Dorothy his wife, the third daughter
of William Spearman, of Durham, Esqr
who departed this life the 14th of December 1819,
in the 74th year of her age.
Also of Mrs Mary Spearman,
who departed this life the 1st of March 1811,
in the 68th year of her age.
And of Mary, the eldest daughter of
the said Revd James and Dorothy Ford,
who departed this life the 3rd of Decr
in the 50th year of her age.
They all lie buried in a vault near this place.
The arms, carefully carved here with hatching, are blazoned as: Gules two
bendlets vairy or and azure on a canton or an anchor sable (Ford), impaling,
Azure a chevron ermine between three spears argent headed or (Spearman). Burke’s General Armory blazons the crest, Ford, of Bexley, Gloucester, and Canterbury, Kent: Out of a naval coronet proper a bear’s head sable muzzled gules.
seems to be best known as the father of James Ford (1779-1851), an English antiquarian
with his own entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.