Hunstanton

Heraldry

The heraldry group's aim is to learn what the symbols and colours in Coats of Arms and Hatchments represent. This group visits a local church to study and photograph the heraldry at a date convenient to members. With the aid of books they study the content of the heraldry that identifies the person represented and their status in society.

We have needed to learn almost a new vocabulary since beginning our excursion into heraldry. An example is given below, from the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom.

1st and 4th quarter: Gules, three Lions passant guardant Or.
2nd quarter: Or, a lion rampant within a double tressure flory counter flory Gules.
3rd quarter: Azure, a Harp Or, strung Agent.

We have also learned about the significance of the supporters and surroundings of shields, as well as the significance of hatchments, and have visited many local churches in pursuit of this knowledge.

One of our greatest triumphs to date has been to point out errors in one of the 'learned' textbooks! We have been greatly helped by the technical skills of Mavis. However, the more we learn, the more we find we don't know. Twas ever thus.

The group meets on the first Monday of each alternate month to study the photographs

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