Diocese of Winchester

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Country : United Kingdom
Denomination : Roman Catholic (until 1559), Anglican

Established : 634 as the Bishopric of the West Saxons
Renamed to Diocese of in Winchester 662

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Winchester

Official blazon

Gules, two keys, endorsed and conjoined at the bows, in bend, wards in chief, the uppermost Or, the lower argent, a sword, the point in chief, interposed between them in bend sinister of the third, pomel and hilt gold.


The arms were recorded at the College of Arms.

The arms are combining the symbols of St. Peter (keys) and St. Paul (sword), the patron saints of the cathedral and diocese.

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Literature: Image from Wills's Arms of the Bishopric.