So far, five deaneries, each with about 45 churches, have been recorded and the results published. Each coat of arms has been drawn in colour in the first four volumes, but the advent of colour photography has seemed to make this task superfluous.  Two more volumes await publication, and at least two more are in the process of being prepared for printing.

Previous volumes are held by Poppyland Publishing of4 Alfred Road,Cromer,NR27 9AN, or at, and by the author of this blog.

The most recent volume, “Heraldry in Norfolk Churches, Volume 5, Breckland Deanery“, in addition to the churches, also contains over fifty pages recording the heraldry in Oxburgh Hall, now a National Trust property (to whom, thanks) and the residence of the Norfolk Heraldry Society’s founder and President, Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms.  In its 248 pages, almost A4 size, there are nearly 800 illustrations, almost all in colour, as well as details of the monuments and other artefacts and minor essays on heraldic matters. It is only available from the author, at, at a price of £25.00, p. & p. £4.00.  This material is also available on CD as a .pdf file, at a cost of £10.00, p. & p. £1.50.

Heraldry in Norfolk Churches, volume 1, Brisley and Elmham 

Vol 1, Brisley & Elmham Deanery

Deanery” by Ken Mourin, is out of print, but a full-colour photocopy, A4 size, 64 pages with 200 computer-drawn colour shields of all the coats of arms found in the book, on seven plates.  A bibliography of sources, an Index of Arms, and a list of heraldic terms, are included.  The volume is priced at £10.50, with postage and packing £2.50 extra.

“Heraldry in Norfolk Churches, volume 2, Burnham and 

Vol 2, Burnham & Walsingham Deanery

Walsingham Deanery“, by Ken Mourin, has 94 pages including 10 colour plates of shields, with grey-scale illustrations of many of the heraldic artefacts and more extended descriptions of the locations and the families. a map, and the same index and heraldic terms. Priced at £10.50, p. & p. £2.50.

“Heraldry in Norfolk Churches, volume 3, West Norfolk between the Rivers Nene and Ouse” is by Robert Meeds, and follows the same format.  Five colour plates of arms, index, terms, as before; this volume has several illustrations but mostly hand-drawn, and only a few photogr

aphs in its 84 pages.  Priced at £12.00, p. & p. 2.50.

“Heraldry in Norfolk Churches, volume 4,  Sparham Deanery“, by

Vol 4, Sparham Deanery

Ken Mourin, was the first volume to make full use of the digital camera, though printing costs meant that the illustrations of the heraldry are in grey-scale; however, many more are pictures.  Nine colour plates of arms, the Index of Arms having blazons attached to each name; a General Index, and Bibliography.  128 pages, costs £14.00 with £3.00 postage and packing.

Past publications of interest, which will also be sampled in future posts, are:

Heraldic Monographs No.1 by John Dent, Hon, FHS, and published

Page from The Heraldry of Howard

posthumously after many years of study.  “The Heraldry of Howard” was published in 2001, its 28 pages discuss the early branches of the Howard genealogy, with the arms in colour of each member within the text. There are six genealogical tables again with attached coloured shields.  An Appendix lists the arms with blazons.  Photocopied to special order, A4, card and laminate covers; comb binding; price £7.50 plus p. and p. £2.00.

Heraldic Monographs No.2 is “The Erpingham Window of The Austin

Page from The Erpingham Window

Friary Church at St Michael at Conisford“, reporting research by Ken Mourin.  It reconstructs the window erected by Sir Thomas Erpingham to commemorate “all the Lords, barons, Bannerets, and Knights, that have died without male issue in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, since the coronation of the noble King Edward IIId”.  The names were given in Blomefield’s History of Norfolk of 1806, though with little indication of the blason or layout.  The arms have been researched and almost all identified; a layout suggested and drawn in full colour, with light-by-light descriptions of each departed warrior. 12 A4 pages, card and lamination covered and comb-bound.  Priced at £7.50, p. and P. £2.00.

The Hastings Brass at Elsing, Norfolk” by Ken Mourin, Heraldic

The Hastings Brass

Monographs No. 3, published in 2001.  Its 64 pages describes the brass, with illustrations from an on-site rubbing for the purposes of this research, and comparing previous drawings by Cotman and Martin, with correction of past mistakes.  The history of Sir Hugh Hastings and his family, and the famous Court of Chivalry proceedings held over the tomb in 1408, including a new translation of the Norman-French account in theCollege ofArms MS “Processus in Curia Marescalli”, are described; another appendix gives definitions of the terms used in describing armour. Priced at £10-50, with p. and p. £2.50.

To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty’s reign, the Norfolk

Heraldry at Sandringham

Heraldry Society researched the heraldry to be found at Sandringham, on the gates and outside, and within the house itself.  With permission, this has been published as Heraldic Monograph No. 4, “Heraldry at Sandringham.  An excerpt from the booklet is shown alongside.  This is A4 size, comb-bound, in full colour; the arms on the gates, the heraldic shields around the saloon and the full achievement of Princess Alexandra, and their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in the windows above are shown. Furniture and firebacks are also photographed.  Priced at £7.50, p. & p. £2.00.
The page illustrated here comes from a report of “A Display of

Page from "Heraldic Miscellanea"

Heraldry”, an exhibition in Norwich on the occasion of the Norwich-Rouen Twinning Weekend in 1978.  The beginnings of Heraldry, the arms of the Dukes of Normandy and the Earls of Norfolk formed the subject matter of a highly successful display.  John Dent* wrote the catalogue and had a major part in the exhibition’s production.The Norfolk Heraldry Society produces “The Norfolk Standard” three times a year with reports of meetings and papers on heraldic subjects.  The archives from the Society’s founding contained many investigations into heraldry, and it was decided to collect these papers in two volumes and re-publish them, as “Heraldic Miscellanea“.  Edited by Ken Mourin, Volume 1 covers the period from February 1976 to November 1978, and Volume 2, from February 1979 to November 1981.  290 by 190 mm, card bound, with many black and white illustrations and a wealth of information on diverse subjects, these are fascinating archives showing the variety of heraldry in many fields.  Volume 1, with 130 pages, is priced at £14.00, and Volume 2, with 100 pages, is £12.00, both with p. and p. of £2.50.

In 1996, the Society mounted a full-day Symposium, titled “Nestroque”, in Norwich Cathedral on Sir Thomas Erpingham, who commanded the archers at Agincourt.  The title derived from Erpingham’s command, recorded by the French Heralds, and mystifying them and everyone since – till one of our speakers, fresh to Norfolk, heard Norfolk spoken, and immediately translated the word as “Now Strike”!

Penelope Knee* made a banner bearing Erpingham’s arms, and this was proudly presented to the cathedral  where it now hangs to mark the site of the warrior’s tomb.

The presentations, by Matthew Bennett, Anne Curry, Matthew Strickland, and Robert Hardy, together with papers on The Bowman by Paul Hitchin; Norwich, Norfolk and Sir Thomas Erpingham, by Ken Mourin*; The Erpingham gate, by Tony Sims*, The Erpingham Chasuble, by Gilly Wraight; The Heraldry of Agincourt, by Elizabeth Armstrong*; and The Heralds at the time of Agincourt by Henry Paston-Bedingfeld*, at the time York Herald of Arms, now Norroy and Ulster King of Arms (* indicates members of the Society) were edited by Anne Curry and published  by Tempus in 2000. ISBN 0 7524 1780 0.The Norfolk Heraldry Society’s new coat of arms was presented to York Herald on the same occasion.

1996 was also the year of the 900th anniversary of the founding of Norwich Cathedral, which was marked by the issue of a large volume about the Cathedral, City and Diocese, in which Tony Sims* presented an excellent article on “Aspects of Heraldry and Patronage”, with a major review of the early heraldry to be found in the cathedral. Published by The Hambledon Press, ISBN 1 85285 134 1.

Norfolk hosted the Heraldry Society’s Conference inNorwich, when one of founder-members. the late John Dent*, was presented with an Honorary Fellowship of the Heraldry Society.

Ken Mourin* (2004) and Ron Fiske* (2011) have been awarded full Fellowship by that Society, of which Tony Sims* is currently Chairman of Council.

Details of membership of The Norfolk Heraldry Society can be found on their website, .  (* indicates members of the Society).


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