Historic Churches of Buckinghamshire

Historic Churches of Buckinghamshire is a project launched in 2018, with only a few churches included at the moment.

Index of Royal Arms

The display of Royal Arms was not made compulsory until Charles II's restoration in 1660, when Samuel Pepys records "how the King's Arms are every day set up in the houses and churches", but there is plenty of evidence, from Henry VIII's reformation onwards, that parish churches were actively encouraged to put them up. Even during Catholic Mary's short reign they were to be set up in a less prominent place, and it was only during Cromwell's Commonwealth that they were abolished to be replaced by State Arms. A survey of Bucks churches in 1637, makes frequent mention of the absence or faulty position of the Royal Arms.

 3 churches

Thumbnail Building Royal Arms
St Margaret
Royal Arms, 1723
All Saints
Bisham (Berks)
Royal Arms of George III,
St Peter
Royal Arms of William IV, 1830-1837

Historic Churches of Buckinghamshire

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