THE COAT OF ARMS
By a generous gift of the Old Honitonians’ Club the School has now received from the College of Arms a Grant of Arms. The wording of the document itself, which will in due course be suitably displayed at the School, runs as follows.
“TO ALL AND SINGULAR to whom these Presents shall come, Sir Algar Henry Stafford Howard, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Com- panion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, upon whom has been conferred the Decoration of the Military Cross, Garter Principal King of Arms, Sir Arthur William Steuart Cochrane, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Clarenceux King of Arms and Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston , Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, send Greetings. WHEREAS Sir Walter King Venning of Woodsford House, Dorchester, in the County of Dorset, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, upon whom has been conferred the Decoration of the Military Cross, General in the Army, hath represented unto the Most Noble Bernard Marmaduke, Duke of Norfolk, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England and one of His Majesty’s Most
Honourable Privy Council that ALLHALLOWS SCHOOL situate at Rousdon in the County of Devon was founded in or about the year 1515. That the Board of Governors of Allhallows School are desirous that Armorial Ensigns should be legally assigned for the said School and he, as Chairman and on behalf of the said Board, hath requested the favour of His Grace’s Warrant for Our granting and assigning such Armorial Bearings as may be proper to be borne and used for Allhallows School on Seals, Shields or otherwise according to the Laws of Arms. AND FORASMUCH as the said Earl Marshal did by Warrant under his hand and Seal bearing date the Second day of May last authorise and direct Us to grant and assign such Armorial Ensigns accordingly, KNOW YE THEREFORE that the said Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster in pursuance of His Grace’s Warrant and by virtue of the Letters Patent of Our several Offices to each of Us respectively granted do by these Presents grant and assign the arms following for ALLHALLOWS SCHOOL that is to say TIERCE IN PAILIE REVERSED GULES AZURE AND OR IN CHIEF A CELESTIAL CROWN OF THE THIRD AND THREE LILIES ARGENT SLIPPED VERT ISSUANT CROSSWISE FROM ONE STALK THE OUTER LILIES DEPRESSED BY TWO LEAVES ARRONDIE GROWING FROM THE BASE OF THE STALK ALSO VERT AND INBASE AN OTFER COUCHANT OF THE FIRST as the same are in the margin hereof more plainly depicted to be borne and used for ever hereafter for Allhallows School on Seals, Shields or otherwise according to the Laws of Arms. IN W1TNESS whereof We the said Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms have to these Presents subscribed Our names and affixed the Seals of Our several Offices this Twenty second day of June in the Fourteenth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Sixth by the Grace of God of Great Britain and Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith, &c., and in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty.”
The seals of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms are attached below.
Much care and thought was devoted to the design. The celestial crown is the appropriate emblem for a School with our name. The lilies-of-the-field were an old badge of the School which may still occasionally be seen on old stamps and bookplates. The otter, of course (which may still be used as the School crest), commemorates our ancient connection with
Honiton , in the Vale of the Otter. Thus the arms contain happy allusions to past, present and future. It will be agreed that the whole effect is most pleasing.