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(large wooden Coat of Arms)

Description :- 
Details :-
A hatchment was a lozenge shaped wooden board that a noble family was allowed to carry at a funeral, it showed the coat of arms of the family, many have ended up hanging in churches throughout the area.
Use :-
The hatchment was carried at the funeral, then would be hung outside the notables house for up to a year, then would have been hung in the family chapel, or church.

The design of the hatchment shows a number of things:-
A black and white background with the left being black shows that the notable was male, married and died before his wife.
A black and white background with the right being black shows that the notable was female, married and died before her husband.
A black background and single coat of arms was for batchelors or spinsters.
A lozenge shaped coat of arms shows that the notary was female.
A split coat of arms shows that the notary was married.

This custom came into fashion in the 1600 and some of the last ones were made during the 1940's.

Villages Referenced

Bilsington  -   (The Priory and Obelisk)
Chiddingstone  -   (A perfect Tudor village)
Fordcombe  -   (Paper Mill and the Field Marshal)
Hadlow  -   (Mays Folly - 150ft tower)

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