Sunday, February 12, 2012

Templar cross on a continental shield

I have been away for a couple of days and returned feeling exhausted.

Staying at a large country house hotel, I had some free time Friday afternoon and walked through the snow to look at the village.

The church was open and I had a look round and found this heraldic carving.

As you can see, it shows a Templar cross on a continental shield (although the carving was English and included English text) with the crescent device that indicates it was used by a second son.

The shield is between the wide-open legs of a naked woman, indicating the origin of the family's bloodline.

Below the shield is a chalice.

On the scrolls at the side are what appear to be numbers.

Very mysterious.

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