Hungerford Heraldry in Salisbury Cathedral

Above the Radnor Family Pews, on the left in the nave of Salisbury Cathedral, is Lord Radnor’s banner, showing the Coats of Arms of Pleydell and Bouverie. On the ceiling and walls are hung the Hungerford Coat of Arms.

The Seymour monument at the end of the nave commemorates Sir Edward Seymour (d1621) and his wife Lady Catherine Grey, Inheritance Chart No 1 in Hungerford Heraldry.

The earliest recorded badge used by the Hungerford family is the sickle, using the Hungerford livery colours (gules and vert, ie red and green). This badge is attached to the cornice on both sides of the Radnor Family Pews.

The FitzJohn Coat of Arms, which became the Hungerford Coat of Arms from the marriage in 1330 of Elizabeth FitzJohn and Walter Hungerford (1308-1355), the grandfather of Walter, 1st Lord Hungerford.

This Coat of Arms, with Garter, is repeated on the cornices along with the Hungerford Badge.

The banner of Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 2nd Earl of Radnor, showing the Coats of Arms of Pleydell and Bouverie in opposite corners.

Part of the magnificently decorated ceiling of Salibury Cathedral.


Who was Walter, 1st Lord Hungerford?

Sir Walter was knighted in the reign of Henry IV in 1399, and became a Member of Parliament for Wiltshire in 1400, and later for Somerset in 1409.

In 1413-14 he was elected as Speaker of the House of Commons. He also served as Sheriff for Wiltshire in 1405, and as Sheriff of Dorset & Somerset in 1414. As Baron Hungerford from 1436, he sat in the House of Lords until his death in 1449.

In 1415 Sir Walter took 20 men-at-arms and 60 horse archers with King Henry V to France, where he fought bravely at the Battle of Agincourt. Later he served with Henry V at the Siege of Rouen in 1418, took part in the peace negotiations in 1419 and was awarded the honour of a Lance with Fox’s tail.

Sir Walter’s lands stretched at one time from east to west of England, requiring four stewards to administer them. In his will, Sir Walter styled himself “Lord of Hungerford, Heytesbury and Homet” (ie Normandy).

He was buried in Salisbury Cathedral with his first wife, Catherine Peverell, in the Hungerford Chapel he had prepared. The Chapel, mortuary and commemoratory brasses were later removed during the renovations of the Cathedral in 1779.

From 1779 to 1781, Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 2nd Earl of Radnor, who claimed descent from Sir Walter, included in the renovations his pedigree in heraldry on the ceiling of the Radnor Family Pews.

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