Sable a lamb passant proper, round the head a circle of glory charged with a cross Gules, supporting a staff Or, flying therefrom a pennon Argent charged with a cross of the second; all within a bordure ermine; a Chief per pale (1) Azure, a cross in saltire Or (2) per pale Gules and Argent, a cross potent quadrate in the centre per pale of the last and Or between four crosses patee, those to the dexter of the second and those to the sinister Or (3) Gules, three mitres two and one Or (4) Azure a cross moline Argent. The shield of Arms ensigned with a Saxon Crown Or; the whole placed upon a cross- crosslet Gules fimbriated Or and charged at the head with INRI of the last with behind two keys in the satire that to the dexter Or, to the sinister Argent with a cord Gules.
The heraldic description of the device we use is armorial shorthand much or which is of Norman-French origin, that enables somebody with a knowledge of heraldy, but who has never seen a pictorial representation to be able to sketch out and paint a proper representation.
But, Coats of Arms are not plucked out of the air, or designed without very careful though; they are in reality, ‘history’ and in the case of personal Armorial Bearings just that; they reflect ‘personal’ in pictorial form.
On the largest part of the shield, the ‘Charge’ is a lamb, a device used fequently to denote John the Baptist… from his description of our Lord: ‘ecce Agnus Dei’… behold the Lamb of God. There is another way of representating John and that is to draw a head on a platter to denote the manner of his death (I decided against that!) this part of the shield is within an ermine border to denote our Royal foundation, but more importantly that our Lord reigns.
The top of part of the shield is called the Chief, and here comprises (1) The Arms assigned by the Medieval Heralds to the Kings of Mercia Azure (blue) a Cross in saltire Or (gold) (that is a diagonal cross like the St. Andrew’s Cross of Scotland) (2) the Ancient Arms of the Diocese of Lichfield in which Diocese we resided as firstly an Episcopal Seat then a Collegiate Church (3) our own Diocesan Arms and finally (4) King Edgar and the Saxon kings a blue shield with a silver cross termed Moline to denote the curved end ot the arms of the cross. Edgar has also been assigned Azure, a cross flory between four doves Or.
The shield has above it a typical Saxon Crown to denote Æthelread and the shield is placed over a red cross to denote the precious blood and is a charged with the letter INRI from Pilate’s description IESVS NAZARENVS REX IVADEORVM Jesus of Nazasreth king of the Jews. Behind the cross are the keys of St. Peter.