royal arms

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Painted representations of the royal arms on square or lozenge‐shaped boards were placed above the chancel arch (upon the removal of rood‐lofts and ‐screens) to symbolize loyalty to the Crown as head of the Church of England. Surviving Tudor ones are relatively rare; they can be distinguished by the Tudor griffin in place of the Stuart unicorn. Most date from after the Restoration of Charles II. Where they survive, they are now found hanging in many different parts of a church.

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