Diocese of Winchester

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DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER

Country : United Kingdom
Denomination : Anglican
Established : 634 as the Bishopric of the West Saxons, become Diocese of Winchester 662

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Winchester

Official blazon

Gules, two keys, endorsed and conjoined at the bows, in bend, wards in chief, the uppermost Or, the lower argent, a sword, the point in chief, interposed between them in bend sinister of the third, pomel and hilt gold.

Origin/meaning

The arms were recorded at the College of Arms.

The arms are combining the symbols of St. Peter (keys) and St. Paul (sword), the patron saints of the cathedral and diocese.

Arms of Bishops


Literature : Image from Wills's Arms of the Bishopric. Image of Bishop Browne's arms from J. Siebmacher’s Grosses Wappenbuch Bd 8, Die Wappen der Bistümer und Klöster.
McCarthy: Armoria Sedium.