Archdiocese of York

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Country : United Kingdom
Denomination : Anglican

Established : 1531 from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of York

Arms (crest) of Archdiocese of York

Official blazon

Gules, two keys in saltire argent, in chief a regal crown Or.


The arms were recorded at the College of Arms.

This Coat of Arms first appears to have been used by Archbishop Robert Waldby (1397-1398). The Crown originaly more resembled the Papal Tiara, but was made into a Royal Crown after 1531. The Arms thus alludes to St Peter. Anciently the Archbishop used as their official Arms a Shield identical with that of the See of Canterbury.

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Literature : Symbolism of the Arms from Heraldry of the Chruch a Handbook by E.E. Dorling.