Archdiocese of York


Country : United Kingdom
Denomination : Anglican (until 1558 Roman Catholic)

Established : 628 as Diocese of York
Elevated to Archdiocese in 735

Arms (crest) of Archdiocese of York

Official blazon

Gules, two keys in saltire argent, in chief a regal crown Or.


The arms were recorded at the College of Arms.

This Coat of Arms first appears to have been used by Archbishop Robert Waldby (1397-1398). The Crown originaly more resembled the Papal Tiara, but was made into a Royal Crown after 1531. The arms thus alludes to St Peter. Anciently the Archbishop used as their official Arms a Shield identical with that of the See of Canterbury.

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