No. 19 Grant of Arms, 1908

Radley College crest. From an original engraving by Dan Escott, commissioned by the Heraldry Society in 1964

BLAZON

Argent an open Book garnished Gules clasps and buckles Or thereon inscribed the words SICUT SERPENTES SICUT COLUMBAE between three crosses pattée of the second on a Chief of the last a Key in bend sinister of the first surmounted by a similar Key in bend dexter Gold between to the dexter a Serpent knowed and erect and to the sinister a Dove both proper

MOTTO

Sicut Serpentes Sicut Columbae

Heraldry, crests, badges, mottoes – the very root and branch of tradition.  The symbols that say ‘we are here’ and ‘here we stay.’  The colours of identity.  A complex pattern which is instantly recognisable to anyone associated with an institution. Unchanging.  But even something so traditional grew organically over time and was not there for the first sixty one years of the College’s life. Here is the story of the college crest ….

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s