Lewes Old Grammar School has been issued with a new Grant of Arms in it’s 500th Year by The College of Arms.
Local artist and former pupil Rupert Denyer was commissioned to create the school’s first officially sanctioned coat of arms for the quincentenary year, working under the guidance of the Richmond Herald of Arms, Dr Clive Cheesman.
“The essential elements,” he said, “were the lion rampant and the eight croslets, while the book was suggested as a symbol of scholarship. The crosslets represent Lewes Priory. The overall design is similar to the arms of more than one great Sussex family, but a straight copy was out of the question – we were challenged to produce something unique that only LOGS could use. It was apparently thought that I would produce a white lion, but the herald was perfectly happy with the gold I chose.
“What he did insist on was that the beast’s teeth, tongue and claws should be blue, as should the medieval book, which was to be quarter-bound with gold corners and metal clasps.”
Rupert added: “I enjoyed myself immensely! This type of commission doesn’t come along very often. It was wonderful to work on such a prestigious and unusual project.”
Local author David Arscott was commissioned by the school to write its 500-year history. The book ‘Floreat Lewys’ will be available at an official book launch at Bill’s in Cliffe High Street tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am until 2pm. David will be there to sign copies.