Portcullis Pursuivant

23 February 2022

By Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 21 February 2022, Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to appoint Dominic Charles Davenport Ingram to the Office of Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms, vacant by the promotion in 2017 of Christopher John Fletcher-Vane, now Chester Herald of Arms. The appointment has been gazetted here.

Dominic Ingram was born in Gloucestershire and educated at Pate’s Grammar School and the University of Oxford, where he read History at Magdalen College and received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Studies and Doctor of Philosophy.

Hagen T BA grant of Honorary Arms, Crest and Badge was made to Thomas Bailey HAGEN of Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 3 August 2021. He is sixth in descent from Jacob Bayley of Newbury, Orange County, Vermont, born 19 July 1726 at Newbury, then Colony of Massachusetts. College reference: Grants 183/303. The blazon is as follows:

Arms: Per chevron Argent and Azure in chief two Anchors Azure in base an Eagle displayed Or.

Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure Issuing from the span of a Bridge of two Towers Azure the Keystone Or a demi Griffin Azure holding in the feet a United States Naval Officer’s Sword erect Or. Mantled Azure doubled Argent.

Badge: Two United States Naval Officer’s Swords hilts downwards Or the blades crossed in saltire Azure and there surmounted by the slips conjoined of two Oak leaves in pale and two Acorns in fess Or.

B3The College of Arms is an important Grade 1 listed building dating from the 1670s, with significant later alterations. The final phase of a major programme of restoration of brickwork and pointing, and of repairs to the windows, has now been completed. This three-year programme, somewhat delayed by the pandemic, has seen the removal of all cementitious mortars, cleaning of the brickwork, and removal of decayed architraves and windows. It has included the repair and restoration of the decorative stonework including the examination and removal of over twenty layers of paint. Historic repairs from the mid-twentieth century had made wide use of cement, dyed and decorated to appear as bricks. These all needed to be removed and replaced.

The final phase, the elevation on Godliman Street, which originally contained the arched coaching entrance to the College before the remodelling in the 1860s, was particularly challenging due to the alignment of bricks in the southwest corner on Queen Victoria Street.

Restoration work revealed elements of the original stone arch on this façade, that had not been fully removed as originally assumed, but decoratively covered. Fastenings for the Royal Arms were still clearly visible, as was evidence of early tuck pointing behind a layer of brickwork. Paint analysis of some of the older windows that had been sealed for many years revealed the window decorations from the mid-1800s in brown and cream, in keeping with the fashion of that time.

The works were completed by lead contractor Fullers Builders under the guidance of Richard Griffiths Architects.

Sir David Amess MP

15 October 2021

Following the death of Sir David Amess MP, instructions have been received that HM Government Departments should lower their Union flags to half mast as soon as possible today until 2000 on Monday 18 October.

Any other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as the Union Flag, it should be removed.

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