Quote from Richard Johnson Town Clerk 1882:
“Know ye, therefore that I, the said Sir Edward Walker, Knight, Garter Principle King at Arms of Englishmen, by the power and authority annexed to my Office of Garter and confirmed to me by His Majesty’s letters patent under the Great Seal of England, and likewise his special command and direction, have devised and set forth such addition and augmentation of arms with crest, supporters, and motto, unto and for the said City, and by whom it was besieged, viz:-
“About the ancient arms of the City being gules, three lions passant guardant argent: on a bordure azure cross saltires or, Scottish crosses argent, supported by two lions rampant ardent, each colured azure, and on each collar three buckles gold, in reference to the armies of the rebellious general Leslie Earl of Leven; and for the crest, on a helm and torse of the collars mantled gules, double argent, a lion passant argent , holding in his right paw a sword erected proper, hilted and pommelled; and in an escarole underneath this motto Invictae Fidelitatis Praemium.”
In witness thereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of my office this sixteenth day of September in the one and twentieth year of the reign of our Sovereign Charles, by the grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, defender of the faith, etc. and in the year of our lord 1685“.
This is only a small part of the rich history and heritage of Hereford, our historic Cathedral City.
The small medallions depict the icons which say so much about our unique City and County, in no particular order as follows: