Launceston, Guildhall

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Date of manufacture and insertion
1910
Maker
Fouracre & Son
Main subject
Armorial
Subject type
Decorative
Donor
Public subscription and a donation from Richard Peter, JP, former Mayor and Town Clerk of Launceston.
Notes
  1. Commemorates visit by Duke and Duchess of Cornwall (the future King George Ⅴ and Queen Mary) on , Devon and Exeter Gazette p 6.
  2. Proposed to unveil window on Empire Day , Cornish & Devon Post p 5, but some Empire Day celebrations affected by death of King Edward Ⅶ on . As a result of King Edward Ⅶ’s death, the Duke of Cornwall had acceded to the throne by .
  3. Maker, inserted on , Cornish & Devon Post p 5. Includes details of subjects and photo of window.

This window is erected by public subscription and by a donation from Richard Peter, JP

Sigillum Ecclesiae Sancti Stephani de Lanston

Seal of St Stephen’s Priory, Launceston (Oliver, George, Monasticon Dioecesis Exoniensis, p 23. , Exeter, PA Hannaford, Peter, Richard, Peter, Otho BathurstThe Histories of Launceston and Dunheved in the County of Cornwall, p 90. , Plymouth, W Brendon and Son).

Aethelred.

Arms of Richard Plantagenet, Earl of Cornwall (A Glossary of Terms Used in British Heraldry, p 55. , Oxford, John Henry Parker, Burke, Bernard, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, p 230. , London, Harrison & Sons.

Sigillum Burgi de Dunehevid

Seal of the borough of Launceston (Peter, Richard, Peter, Otho BathurstThe Histories of Launceston and Dunheved in the County of Cornwall, p 90. , Plymouth, W Brendon and Son).

HRH George Duke of Cornwall.

Arms of the Prince of Wales (Burke, Bernard, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales p ⅼ, , London, Harrison & Sons).

HRH Victoria Mary, Duchess of Cornwall.

Brian de Bretagne . 1st Norman Earl of Cornwall.

In the background is a representation of St Stephen’s Priory, seen also in the seal at the top of the light.

Brian de Bretagne.

To commemorate the visit of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall to their capital . John Kittow, Mayor

The arms of the town of Launceston are gules a triple circular tower in a pyramidical form or, the first battlements mounted with cannon of the last, all within a border azure charged with eight towers domed argent. The crest is in a ducal coronet or, a lion’s head gules between two ostrich feathers argent (Burke, Bernard, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, p 587. , London, Harrison & Sons). Below the arms is the town’s motto Royale et loyale (Royal and loyal), a reference to its support for the Royalist cause during the Civil War.

Edward the Black Prince Duke of Cornwall.

In the background is a representation of Launceston Castle, seen also in the seal at the top of the light and the town’s arms.

Edward the Black Prince.