Now you see it, now you don’t!
Our Royal Coat of Arms, that has hung above the chancel arch undisturbed for about 200 years, has been taken down for some loving care and attention. According to the church history:
Inside the church, the Royal Arms were repainted (sometime between 1801 and 1816) and still remain above the chancel arch. They depict the quarters: for England (two); Scotland; and Ireland; plus a central `pretence’ for Hanover (including Brunswick, Liineburgh, Westphalia, and the crown of Charlemagne).
It’ll be taken to the studio of Polly Saltmarsh to clean it up and make sure its ready for another few hundred years.
Huge thanks to the Friends of St Andrew’s for a donation, and to the Church Buildings Council for a significant grant towards this work.
God save the King!