Image Library: Other heraldic artefacts

1200s pillow from the tomb of Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada, archbishop of Toledo
The pillow from the tomb of Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada, archbishop of Toledo, who died in 1247. The arms second from the left on the third row are the Rochfords’, the dyes having faded over time. A number of the other coats are English too, and several belong to families connected to the Rochfords of Fenne. Perhaps Ralph I, who died c1237, or John I, who died c1266, had some connection to the archbishop.
The seal of Sayer de Rochford around 1330
The seal of Sayer de Rochford around 1330, printed in William Henry St John Hope’s Heraldry for Designers and Craftsmen. Note the wheatsheaves on either side – a theme that would reappear in later Rochford heraldry
A page from Powell's Roll of arms, Bodleian Library, Oxford (Ashmole 804, pt. IV, p. 022-023)
The arms of Sir John de Rochford II, third left in the third row down, in Powell’s Roll of arms of the mid-1300s. This manuscript is now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Ashmole 804, pt. IV, p. 022-023).
Sir John de Rochford II’s seal with his coat of arms, 1391
Sir John de Rochford II’s seal with his coat of arms, attached to a 1391 charter granting a field in Arley to John Burzate and Agnes his wife.
Sketches of coats of arms in Stoke Rochford by William Wyrley, late 1500s, copyright the Society of Antiquaries of London
Sketches of coats of arms in Stoke Rochford church by the herald William Wyrley, late 1500s. These are less detailed and less accurate than Holles’ descriptions, but provide a useful visual reference. They relate to Sir Sayer de Rochford, Sir Ralph Rochford III, Henry Rochford of Fenne, and their families. Copyright the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Sketches from William Wyrley’s visit to Stoke Rochford, copyright the Society of Antiquaries of London
Further sketches from William Wyrley’s visit to Stoke Rochford. At the top left is the Rochfords’ crest, a bearded man with a pointed hat. Beside this is the Scropes’ crest of blue feathers on a crown. At the bottom is the inscription from Oliver St John’s and Elizabeth Scrope’s monument. Copyright the Society of Antiquaries of London.
The Rochfords' crest at Stoke Rochford, by William Wyrley, The Rochfords' crest at Stoke Rochford by William Wyrley, copyright the Society of Antiquaries of London
The Rochfords’ crest, sketched at Stoke Rochford by William Wyrley in the late 1500s. Blomefield described similar crests for the family at Walpole St Peter’s. Copyright the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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