Norfolk Family History Society
Formerly the Norfolk & Norwich Genealogical Society
Founded in 1968
Grant of Arms:
TO ALL AND SINGULAR to whom these presents shall come, Sir Alexander Colin Cole, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, upon whom has been conferred the Territorial Decoration Garter, Principal King of Arms, Sir Anthony Richard Wagner, Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Clarenceux King of Arms and John Philip Brooke-Little Esquire Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms Send Greeting! Whereas Patrick Thomas Russell Palgrave-Moore gentleman, Fellow of the society of Antiquities of London, Chairman of the Council of the Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, has represented unto the Most Noble Miles Frances Stapleton, Duke of Norfolk, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, upon whom has been conferred the Decoration of the Military Cross, Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshall of England, that the NORFOLK AND NORWICH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY was founded on the Twelfth day of December 1968 and thereafter received a charitable status under the Charities act 1960: THAT the objects of the said society are to collect, publish and make accessible in the interest of genealogy and heraldry any document or record relating to the County of Norfolk, to promote the preservation of such documents and records, to encourage the study of genealogy and heraldry and to give educational assistance by lectures and otherwise with reference to record research: THAT the affairs of the said Society are managed by a Council elected by the members of the Society, which Council has appointed a Chairman and a General Secretary and Treasurer to act for and in the name of the Society: THAT the offices and library of the Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society are situated at Kirby House in Saint Giles Street in the city of Norwich: THAT the Council of the Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society is desirous of having Armorial Ensigns established under lawful authority and recorded in Her Majesty's College of Arms and He therefore as Chairman of the Council of the Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society and on behalf of the same hath requested the favour of His Grace's Warrant for Our granting and assigning such Arms and Crest and in the same Patent such Device or Badge as WE deem suitable to be borne and used for ever hereafter by the Council of the Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society and displayed by the said Society in the conduct of its affairs and in accordance with the Laws Arms and forasmuch as the said Earl Marshall did by warrant under his hand and seal bearing date the fifth day of march 1990 authorise and direct us to grant and assign such Arms and Crest and such Device or Badge accordingly: KNOW Ye therefore that WE the said Garter Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster in pursuance of his Grace’s Warrant and by virtue of the Letters Patent of Our several offices, granted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty to each of Us respectively do by these Presents grant and assign onto the said NORFOLK AND NORWICH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY the Arms following, that this to say Argent seven Hurts, four, two and one, the dexter pair in chief linked to the dexter hurt in fess and the said sinister pair in chief linked to the sinister hurt in fess, those in fess similarly linked to that in base, all by Sprigs of Oak leaved Vert, on a Chief Gules a Cross trefly between two Garbs Or, And for the Crest Upon helm with wreath Argent and Azure A Norfolk Ram passent proper, armed and unguled Or and gorged of a wreath of Oak Leaves Vert fructed Gold Mantled, Azure doubled Argent, And We do further grant and assign the following Device or Badge, that is to say Without a Wreath Or, Oak Leaves Vert fructed Or, a Cranes Foot in pale Gold, as the same are all in the margin hereof more plainly depicted to be borne and used forever hereafter by the said Council of the NORFOLK AND NORWICH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY and displayed by the society in the conduct of its' affairs and in accordance with the Laws of Arms, in witness whereof, We the said Garter Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster have to these Presents subscribed Our names and affixed the Seals of Our several offices, this Eighteenth day of March in the Forty-first year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and ninety two.
A Colin Cole – Garter J P Brooke-Little – for Clarenceux J P Brooke-Little – Norroy and Ulster