Company History - The Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks

THE HISTORY OF THE COMPANY

The Story of the Parish Clerks

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The Charter

The Company has had six Royal Charters. The first was granted by Henry IV in 1442 and again in 1448. Edward IV granted a charter in 1465 and 135 years later James I granted the fourth charter in 1610. Charles I granted two charters, one in 1636 and the second in 1639. It is the last of these charters from which the Company operates.

Royal Charter of Incorporation

Charles by the grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith: to all to whom these presents shall come greeting; etc…………….


The Coat of Arms

A new grant of Arms with Supporters was achieved on 16th October 1991 under the seal of Sir Colin Cole, by authority of the Earl Marshall. These replace the second grant of Arms granted in 1582.

The actual of Coat of Arms are made up of the following components:

Arms

Azure a Fleur de lys or, on a chief gules a leopard's head Or between two 'pricksong books' of the same laced vert.

Supporters

On either side and standing to the front on the capital of an Ionic Column Or and Angel gazing outwards proper winged Or vested of a tunic Argent garnished Or draped over the interior shoulder with a mantle Azure and holding with the interior hand a Trumpet baldrick-wise the bell upwards all gold.

Crest

On a wreath gules and Azure, a cubit arm vested Azure cuffed ermine holding an open 'pricksong' book all proper.

Motto

Unitas societatis stabilitas which means SOMETHING HERE


Significant Dates for The Company

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The Company's Treasure and Silver

The Company is extremely fortunate to own some absolutely priceless and irreplaceable artefacts and treasures that they have accumulated over centuries of existence.

To view the gallery of treasures or silver, please click on the relevant pictures below:

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