Friday, 11 February 2011

Visit to the College of Arms

                                                                                                                                                                                                         A very successful and interesting trip last night to the College of Arms in the City. We were hosted by William Hunt the Windsor Herald, a title going back to 1364. He wears many hats including being a member of the Court of Common Council and having historically been Master of the Worshipful Company of Playing Card Makers.He started by giving us a fascinating insight into the role of the College as the official repository of the coats of arms and pedigrees of eminent people and families as well as the large amount of genealogical research undertaken.

We subsequently went into the very private records office where books as far back as 1530 were opened. The way in which coats of arms were,and still are, designed was amply demonstrated with a large variety of antique records being opened for us.

The evening finished with a handsome buffet in this wonderful Grade one listed building

Simon Campbell Davies, the Event Director,
the Master and the Windsor Herald

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