Diocese of Chichester

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DIOCESE OF CHICHESTER

Country : United Kingdom
Denomination : Anglican
Established : 681 as Diocese of Selsey, translated to Chichester in 1078

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Chichester

Official blazon

Azure, Our Blessed Lord in judgement seated in His throne, His dexter hand upraised Or, His sinister hand holding an open book proper, and out of His mouth a two-edged sword, the point to the dexter, gules.

Origin/meaning

The arms were recorded at the College of Arms.

The design is based upon St John's Vision of Our Lord in glory appears first on the Seal of Sigefrid bishop 1180-1204.
John Arundel (Bishop 1459-1477), was the First Bishop who placed the design on a Shield as diocesean Arms.


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