All Saints Tour – 6 Royal Arms

royalarmsQueen Elizabeth the First instructed that all churches should have a royal coat of arms to symbolise the fact that the monarch was the head of the Church of England. These were usually placed over the chancel arch. They were supposed to be replaced at the beginning of each reign, but this custom gradually fell into disuse. Most commonly, surviving coats of arms date from after the Restoration when Charles II came to the throne, but the one in All Saints is the arms of James the First and is a high quality bas-relief.

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