Diocese of Exeter

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Country : United Kingdom
Denomination : Anglican
Established : 850 as Diocese of St Germans, translated to Crediton 909 and to Exeter in 1072

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Exeter

Official blazon

Gules, a sword erect in pale argent, hilted Or, surmounted of two keys addorsed in saltire, wards in chief, of the last.


The arms were recorded at the College of Arms.

The Keys and Sword alludes to the dedication of the Cathedral to SS. Peter and Paul. The Arms took it present form during the Episcopate of John Boothe 1465-1478.

Arms of Bishops


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Literature : Image from Wills's Arms of the Bishopric. McCarthy: Armoria Sedium; E.E. Dorling: Heraldry of the Church