Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham

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DIOCESE OF SOUTHWELL AND NOTTINGHAM (until 2005 Diocese of Southwell)

Country : United Kingdom
Denomination : Anglican
Established : 1884

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham

Official blazon

Sable, three fountains proper; a chief Or, thereon a pale azure charged with a representation of the Virgin Mary seated bearing the Infant Christ Or, between on the dexter side a stag lodged proper and on the sinister two staves raguly crossed vert.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on June 27, 1884.

The Heraldic Fountains - Wells alludes to last part of the Name Southwell. The Deer is from the Arms fo Derby and the Cross Raguly is from the Arms of Nottingham.
This alludes to the two Counties Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire that makes up the Diocese. The Our Lady and Child is from the Arms of the Diocese of Lincoln, to which
Nottinghamshire formerly was part.

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