Academic Heraldry in the United Kingdom
Roger Forder <100523.201@CompuServe.COM> writes:
University of Reading.
The blazon is: Per fess gules and sable, in chief three escallops fesswise
or, in base on a cross engrailed argent a rose of the first barbed and
seeded proper. Granted 1896. As it happens, the origin of the arms
is described in the most recent edition of "The Coat of Arms"
(issue 169). Among a number of points of interest, the cross engrailed
argent on a sable field has an ancestry that goes back through Christ Church
Oxford and Cardinal Wolsey to the ancient Ufford earls of Suffolk (from
whom Wolsey quite unwarrantably purloined it).
- Imperial College of Science,
Technology and Medicine, London. These arms (granted by Royal Warrant
in 1909) are distinguished ones, namely: Per fess, in chief the Royal
Arms of the United Kingdom, in base or, an open book proper inscribed with
the word "Scientia". It is slightly unfortunate, therefore,
that, in this Web version, the lion rampant of Scotland within the Royal
Arms is bright blue rather than red! Also noticeable is that the pages
of the book are a rather fetching ice-blue colour (not very proper!).
- University of Surrey.
This is the most elaborate portrayal of arms that I have found so far,
since, as well as the shield, it has mantling, helm and crest. The shield
is: Or, three swords palewise, points downwards gules; on a chief sable
a pale checky azure and or between two woolpacks argent. The crest
is: On a wreath or and azure, a stag trippant proper, resting the dexter
forehoof on a key or. Granted 1966. A full account of these arms was published
in issue 101 of "The Coat of Arms". It is worth mentioning that
the checky pale is a reference to the arms (Checky or and azure) of the
Warenne earls of Surrey (13th century). The late Sir Anthony Wagner suggested
that this coat has claims to be the oldest known to heraldry, first appearing
on seals of the Warenne ancestors dated to the first half of the 12th century.
It's nice to see it making a cameo appearance on the Internet 850 years
University of Cambridge.
The blazon is: Gules, on a cross ermine between four lions passant guardant
or, a Bible lying fessways of the field, clasped and garnished of the third,
the clasps in base. Granted in 1573. There are several arms of some
- Churchill College, Cambridge
- Trinity College, Cambridge
- Downing College, Cambridge
- Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Oxford University See also the arms
of the Oxford Colleges
From Andy Loan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
University of Keele
- Birkbeck College, University of London
- Brunel University, Uxbridge
- City University, London
- Goldsmiths College, University
- University of Leicester
- Loughborough University of Technology
- Queen's University of Belfast
- South Bank University,
- University of Warwick
- University of Sussex, Brighton
- University of Strathclyde
- University of Essex
- University of Wales, Cardiff
- Various student societies (colleges) in Durham
University have their own home page with arms.
- University of Huddersfield
- University of Bristol
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