Norfolk Heraldry Society




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          1976    Society founded by Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, Norroy and Ulster, King of Arms

1977    Presentation of Banner at City Hall to Lord Mayor Rowe on the occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
The banner was made by Society Member, Penelope Knee. 
presentation of city banner
1977 & 1980   The Society took part in the Lord Mayor’s Procession in Norwich with a float bearing an heraldic display. The Queen's Jubilee Lord Mayors Procession Float is shown here.
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1996     Sir Thomas Erpingham Symposium at Norwich Cathedral organised by the Society. Speakers included Mr Robert Hardy CBE, actor & long bow expert;  Mr Matthew Bennett,  Mr Matthew Strickland and Miss Anne Curry. The banner now hanging in the Cathedral bears the arms of Sr Thomas Erpingham. It was made by Penelope Knee.

erpingham banner

1998    The Society has held many exhibitions of heraldry at many fairs and events. This was at the History Fair at the Assembly House

history fair
2001    The Heraldry Society Conference held in Norwich.

Founder member of the Norfolk Heraldry Society, Mr John Dent was presented with an Honorary Fellowship of the Heraldry Society. 
2002    A specially produced book of the Heraldry in the Saloon at Sandringham House was presented to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee.  Shown here - Tony Sims presenting the book to Marcus O'Lone, the Queen's Land Agent.
book presentation

2005    Bi-centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar.  
Andrew Lambert, Professor of Naval History at King’s  College, London gave a lecture “The Battle of Trafalgar” in Blackfriars Hall, Norwich
Admiral Lord Nelson

2006   Chairman Andy Anderson presented the Norfolk County Council  with an award from the national Heraldry Society(see below). This was in    recognition of the Council ‘making effective use of its Armorial Bearings’  with the new County boundary signs which now bore the arms of the Council along with the wording ‘Nelson’s County’   

Award to Norfolk CC

Society stall held at Pensthorpe History Fair.

2008   The Society advised on the re-painting of the heraldry on the Gybson’s Conduit in Norwich. The conduit was originally erected facing Westwick Street and has the date 1578 clearly carved on the right hand spandrel, the City arms being in the left spandrel, and in the arch , above the rose and portcullis, are the words VIVAT REGINA.
Gybson's Conduit hrladry

Queen Elizabeth I visited Norwich in that year and processed through the City, her route taking her past the church of St John Maddermarket, close to the conduit.

St John Maddermarket

2009   Society visit to St George’s Chapel Windsor.

2011   12 – 29 February: The Dragon Festival in Norwich.
A display of dragons and other fabulous beasts used in past and present heraldry was held in the church of St Peter Hungate.

Norwich Castle Fee pavement plaque =>
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3 dragons
Postcards showing the Queen's Beasts =>
Banner showing arms of Perse School =>

2011   May/June: Bergh Apton Sculpture Trail
The Society was invited to join with the village of Bergh Apton in their ‘Journey celebrating the creation and building of a medieval church’.
At a colourful display Philippa Sims and Ron Lovell demonstrated the use of art and embroidery in heraldry.

Painted banners
The Anglian Heraldry Guiders Group researched and organised painted banners of local armigerous families painted by the local schoolchildren and hung in the church.
art and embroidery Bergh Apton scuplture trail
September:  Members helped with a request from BBC researchers for help in recognising heraldry in some glass and on a wooden spandrel at a house at Saham Toney for the programme “Restoration House”.
the restoration house