Saturday, August 05, 2006

The crown of the saint in heraldry

The symbolism of the Saint's death is found in many places. It can be found for example on the crest of the Diocese of St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich. This East Anglian diocese of the Church of England covers all of Suffolk's parishes.

The crest takes elements of both the towns, Ipswich with the lion's head and stern of a ship surrounded by the three crowns of Bury St. Edmunds.

I admit to being pedantic but the crowns shown in the crest (left) which comes directly from the Diocese website do not look right. The crown in the top right sits on a blue background which is fine. The crown in the top right sits on a red background but the space where the head would sit inside the crown shows a blue background which doesn't look right. The crown in the lower centre shows a split background for the two uppermost parts of the crown but not for the lower part where the head would sit.

I have attached what I believe the crest SHOULD look like.


Blogger Michael said...

Surely the back of the crown is not a thin ring as your interpretation suggests but the same as the front and sides. Thus the inside, when viewed from underneath, should either be solid gold or black, as it is dark. I believe the arms taken from the other web side show it as black, not blue.

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