Launceston, Guildhall

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Date of manufacture and insertion
1910
Maker
Fouracre & Son
Main subject
Armorial of Stephen, Aethelred, Edward Ⅱ. Duke and Duchess of York in wreaths. Brian of Bretagne and Black Prince.
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. The arms on the shield appear to be gules a lion rampant argent.

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.