This is the full text of my 1975 booklet. I have made some small revisions and corrections, but have not updated it. For a list of my own post-1975 booklets on the subject see my Royal Arms in Churches Homepage.



The following list is intended to include all articles etc., which deal entirely or mainly with the subject of Royal Arms in churches. Not included are sections on the subject in more general books (except in one particularly interesting case). Apart from a few very short notes I believe that the list is complete [as of 1975], but of course I would be glad to hear of any omissions.

The various notes and references to Royal Arms in churches in Notes and Queries are listed separately, together with miscellaneous references in the correspondence of several other magazines.

I would like to thank two people who have provided me with much information which has been incorporated into this bibliography. Mr J.D. Lee of the Heraldry Society extracted a great deal from his own mammoth bibliographical project for my use, and Mr J.C. Sharp of the Birmingham Reference Library not only acquired many photocopies for me but was also instrumental in producing a small booklet called Royal Arms in Churches: A Reading List, which was available in the Library and which served as a basis for this present booklet.




1. Bradbrooke, William: "Armorial Adversaria", Gentleman's Magazine 288 (1900), 572-78.

2. Bretton, Roland: "Royal Arms in Churches", Coat of Arms 1 (Heraldry Society 1950), 122-23.

3. Cautley, H. Munro: Royal Arms and Commandments in our Churches (Norman Adlard 1934. Reprinted by Boydell Press 1974). A pioneer work on the subject, and the only book. Includes an inventory of Suffolk.

4. Cautley, H. Munro: "Royal Arms in Churches", Country Life 22/10/53, 1349-52. Reprinted in National Message, June 1956, 168-70.

5. Evetts, L.C.: "Royal Arms in Churches", Care of Churches, 1964 (Central Council for the Care of Churches, 18th Annual Review), 32-37.

6. Maclean, D.A.L.: "The Royal Arms in English Parish Churches", The Armorial 1(3) (1960), 126-30.

7. Petchey, W.J.: "Royal Arms in Parish Churches", Armorial Bearings of the Sovereigns of England (for the Standing Conference for Local History), Section III, 21-24.

8. Pine, L.G.: "Royal Arms in Churches", The Countryman 78(3) (Autumn 1973), 167-71. Emphasis on the arms of Preston (Suffolk).

9. Reid, R.D.: "Royal Arms in Parish Churches", Country Life 12/5/50, 1370-71.

10. Sperling, C.F.D.: "On the Custom of Setting up the Royal Arms in Churches", Essex Arch. Soc. Trans. NS 6 (1898), 22-27. Particular emphasis on Essex.

11. Times, The (from "A Correspondent"): "In Search of Royal Arms: Progress of a Church-Crawling Amateur", 30/1/57, 10.

12. Times, The (from "A Correspondent"): "Royal Heraldry in Our Old Churches", 29/1/65, 14. Deals particularly with the Guildford area.

13. Wollaston, Gerald W.: "The Royal Arms in Churches", Journal of the British Society of Master Glass-painters 11(4) (1954-5), 201-3. Mostly concerns the Home Office controversy of the 1950s.


14. Pardoe, Rosemary A.: Royal Arms in the Churches of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire (Huntingdon 1974). County inventory.


15. (Anon) "Royal Arms in East Hagbourne Church", Coat of Arms 5 (1958), 86-87. Description of the arms and their restoration.


16. Fawcett, Edward: "Royal Achievements of Arms in Bristol Churches", Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. Trans. 58 (1936), 41-64. Inventory of the City.


17. Bradbrooke, William: "The Royal Arms in Churches", Records of Bucks. 11 (1920-26), 384-400. County inventory.


18. Pardoe, Rosemary A.: Royal Arms in the Churches of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire (Huntingdon 1973). County inventory.

Carlisle (Diocese of)

19. Thompson, B.L.: "Royal Arms in the Churches of the Diocese of Carlisle", Cumberland and Westmorland Antiq. & Arch. Soc. Trans. 67 (1967), 152-67. Inventory of the Diocese.


20. Crossley, Fred.: "Cheshire Church Furniture Part 3 - VII: The Kinges Armes", Lancs. and Ches. Antiq. Soc. Trans. 55 (1940), 41-47. Notes of present and past examples.


21. Jeavons, S.A.: "Royal Arms in Derbyshire Churches", Derbyshire Arch. Soc. Journal 83 (1963), 51-65. County inventory.


22. Wilkin, W.H.: "The Royal Arms in Churches", Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 18 (1934-35), 52-59. Mentions briefly many examples in Devon.

23. Williams, H. Fulford: "The Royal Arms in Exeter Buildings", Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 28 (1959-61), 325-27. Short notes on examples in churches and secular buildings.


24. Brooke-Little, J.P.: "The Royal Arms of Hazelbury Bryan", Coat of Arms 8 (Heraldry Society 1964), 134-35. Description of the arms and their restoration.


25. Blair, C.H. Hunter, and Evetts, L.C.: "Royal Arms in the Parish Churches of Northumberland and Durham", Archaeologia Aeliana 31 (1953), 48-68. County inventory.


26. Benton, Rev. G. Montague: "The Royal Arms in Essex Churches, with special reference to a Tudor example at Waltham Abbey", Essex Arch. Soc. Trans. 21 (1933), 120-24. Detailed discussion of the date of the Waltham Abbey set.

27. Benton, Rev. G. Montague: "Wall-Paintings in Essex Churches IV - Paintings formerly in the churches of Dovercourt and Hazeleigh", Essex Arch. Soc. Trans. 20, 243-47. The former being Royal Badges and the latter Commonwealth arms.

28. Griffinhoofe, H.G.: "A Royal Badge formerly in Arkesden church", Essex Review 2 (1893), 97-101. Description of the Prince of Wales Feathers in this church.


29. Fawcett, Edward: "Royal Arms in Gloucestershire churches", Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. Trans. 55 (1933), 105-34. County inventory.


30. Jowitt, R.L.P.: "Displays of the Royal Arms in the Churches of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight", Papers and Proc. of the Hampshire Field Club 18(1) (1953), 47-58; 18(2), 179; 18(3), 334-35. County inventory.


31. Maclean, D.A.L.: "The Royal Arms in Herefordshire Churches", Woolhope Field Club Trans. 35(2) (1956), 102-117. County inventory.

Hertfordshire see 14.

Huntingdonshire see 18.

Isle of Wight see 30.


32. Torr, V.J.: "Notes on the Restoration of Royal Arms in Kent", Archaeologia Cantiana 45 (1933), 209-15. Notes on many of the Royal Arms of Kent.

33. Torr, V.J.: "Notes on Kentish Royal Arms", Archaeologia Cantiana 79 (1964), 158-69. Further notes .

34. Torr, V.J., & Boorman, H.R.P.: Kent Churches 1954 (Kent Messenger, Maidstone), 151-58. Descriptions, profusely illustrated, of 15 Kentish examples.

35. Torr, V.J.: "Royal Arms in Kent Churches", Kent Life, 1965: Part 1 (April), 53; Part 2 (May), 67. Many examples in Kent touched on briefly.

36. Torr, V.J.: "The Royal Heraldry of Sandwich", Arch. Cantiana 45 (1933), 216-33. Deals with Royal Arms both in churches and in secular buildings.

37. Torr, V.J.: "The Royal Arms at Westerham", Arch. Cantiana 43 (1931), 285-94.

38. Torr, V.J.: "The Arms of James II at West Malling", Arch. Cantiana 45 (1933), 234-40.


39. Davies, T.B.: "Royal Arms in Leicestershire Churches", Vaughan Arch. & Hist. Soc. Trans. 10 (1957/8); 12 (1959/60), 10-15. County inventory.


40. Pardoe, Rosemary A.: Royal Arms in the Churches of the City of London (Huntingdon 1973). City inventory.


41. Wearing, S.J., & Millican, P.: "Post-Reformation Royal Arms in Norfolk Churches", Norfolk Record Society Trans. 17 (1944), 7-43. County inventory.

Northumberland see 25.


42. Cole, A.C.: "A Royal Achievement", Coat of Arms 11 (Heraldry Society 1970), 9. Description of the arms at Stadhampton.

43. Rouse, E.C., & Spokes, P.S.: "Note on an example of the Royal Arms in Stadhampton Church, Oxon", Oxoniensia 29/30 (1964/5), 194-95.


44. Fawcett, Edward: "The Royal Arms and Achievements in Somerset Churches", Somerset Arch. & Nat. Hist. Soc. Proc. 83 (1937), 1-56; 85 (1939), 240; 95 (1950), 181 - addendum by R.D. Reid. County inventory.

45. Reid, R.D.: "Royal Arms in Somerset Churches (A Supplement)", Somerset Arch. & Nat. Hist. Soc. Proc. 104 (1959), 102-5. Additions to Fawcett.


46. Jeavons, S.A.: "Royal Arms in Staffordshire churches", Birmingham & Midland Arch. Soc. Trans. 78 (1962), 86-95. County inventory.

Suffolk see also 3.

47. MacCulloch, Diarmaid: "Royal Arms in Suffolk Churches", Suffolk Inst. of Arch. Proc. 32(2) (1971), 193-97. Additions to Munro Cautley's survey.

48. Turnbull, Lady Jane: "Royal Arms in Suffolk Churches", East Anglian Magazine 26 (1967), 154-56.


49. Harrison, Ramsey: "Royal Arms in East Sussex Churches", Sussex County Magazine 26 (1952), 216-22, 274-77. Most (all?) of the examples in the area mentioned, mostly briefly.

50. Godfrey, W.H.: "St Thomas-at-Cliffe, Lewes", Sussex Notes and Queries 4 (1932/3), 216-17. Short note.


51. Morgan, Paul: "Royal Arms in Warwickshire churches", Birmingham and Midland Arch. Soc. Trans. 71 (1953), 41-58; 75 (1959), 93 - addenda. County inventory.


52. Fawcett, Edward: "Royal Heraldic Achievements in the Churches of Wiltshire", Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine 48 (1937), 92-117, 348-49; 49 (1940-2), 114-15 (by Fawcett & T.G. Morres). County inventory.

53. (Anon) "Elizabethan Royal Arms in Little Somerford Church", Wilts. Notes and Queries 8 (1914-16), 97-100. Detailed description.


54. Morgan, Paul: "Royal Arms in Worcestershire churches", Worcs. Arch. Soc. Trans. 32 (1956), 20-35. County inventory.


55. Bretton, Roland: "Royal Arms in our Churches", Halifax Antiq. Soc. Trans. (1941), 37-51. Particular emphasis on the Royal Arms in and near Halifax.

56. Bretton, Roland: "Royal Arms in our Churches", Halifax Antiq. Soc. Trans. (1955), 91-94. Deals mostly with the question of whether the erection of Royal Arms was made compulsory in 1660.

57. Bretton, Roland: "Unusual example of the Royal Arms in St. Matthew's church, Rastrick, Brighouse", Yorkshire Arch. Journal 35 (1940/3), 231-32. Note describing the arms in some detail.


58. Slafter, Rev. Edmund F.: "Royal Arms and other Regal Emblems & Memorials in use in the Colonies before the American Revolution" (Boston 1889. Reprinted from Proc. Massachusetts Hist. Soc.), 28pp. Includes detailed descriptions and histories of four examples in churches in the USA and Canada in 1889.



Notes & Queries

Excluded from the following list of references are those which consist only of queries, and thus add nothing new to the subject.
Series 1 Vol. VI: 62, 108, 178, 227, 517
4 Vol. XII: 354
5 Vol. I: 37, 98
7 Vol. IX: 168, 317
8 Vol. II: 33
9 Vol. XII: 194, 396
10 Vol. V: 188, 230, 294, 336; Vol. VI: 53; Vol. IX: 287
11 Vol. II: 428, 513-14

Gentleman's Magazine

Several letters published in this magazine relate to Royal Arms in churches:
New Series: 15 (1841), 603-4
16 (1841), 19-20, 338, 450, 584
17 (1842), 496

Coat of Arms (Heraldry Society)

The following correspondence is of interest:
Vol. II: 233, 256, 308 (Royal Arms in St Alphage, Greenwich)
Vol. III: 207, 246, 335 (Proclamation of 1660)
Vol. IV: 253-54 (Home Office controversy)
Vol. VIII: 257 (Royal Arms at Hanbury, Bristol)

Country Life

The articles on the subject (see main Bibliography) tended to produce a good deal of correspondence, most of it useful. See also the 2/1/75 issue, p.30.

Essex Countryside

A letter in the November 1974 issue (p.52) describes the Royal Arms in St Thomas's, Bradwell on Sea.

Copyright © 1975 Rosemary Pardoe.
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