Diocese of Lichfield

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DIOCESE OF LICHFIELD

Country : United Kingdom
Denomination : Anglican
Established : 656 as Diocese of Mercia, renamed in 664

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Lichfield

Official blazon

Party per pale, gules and argent, a cross potent and quadrate in the center between four crosslets patee of the second and or.

Origin/meaning

The arms were recorded at the College of Arms.

The arms show the Cross of St. Chad, the patron saint of the diocese. Lichfield was made the episcopal see by St. Chad (Ceadda) in 669.

The earliest seal on which arms are found for the diocese is that of William Booth (1447-1452) where only a cross potent is seen as the diocesan arms.

Arms of Bishops


Literature : Image from Wills's Arms of the Bishopric. Background by Colleen Pittman. Bishop Maclagan's Arms from J. Siebmacher’s Grosses Wappenbuch Bd 8, Die Wappen der Bistümer und Klöster.