COATS OF ARMS IN CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL
When I was a boy, with a passion for heraldry, spending summer
holidays recording coats of arms in Sussex churches, I would often cycle over to stay with my Godfather, The Ven. Julian Bickersteth who was Archdeacon of Maidstone and Canon Treasurer of the Cathedral. He introduced me to the formidable but kindly Miss Margaret Babington who was Sterward of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral. Margaret encouraged me to continue the work on a new survey of the heraldry in the Cathedral pioneered by Scarlett in the sixteenth century, Willement in the nineteenth, and Messenger in the twentieth. Hugh Stanford London had been my mentor and guide through my early years, persuading me not to accept office in The College of Arms.