Bickley Heraldry

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The Baronets

Preceded by
3 September 1661
Baronet Bickley of Attleborough
Succeeded by
Francis Bickely, 2nd Baronet
Preceded by
Francis Bickley, 1st Baronet
Baronet Bickley of Attleborough
Succeeded by
Francis Bickely, 3rd Baronet
Preceded by
Francis Bickely, 2nd Baronet
Baronet Bickley of Attleborough
Succeeded by
Francis Bickley, 4th Baronet
Preceded by
Francis Bickely, 3rd Baronet
Baronet Bickley of Attleborough
1687 -1746
Succeeded by
Humphrey Bickley, 5th Baronet
Preceded by
Francis Bickley, 4th Baronet
Baronet Bickley of Attleborough
Succeeded by
Samuel Bickley, 6th Baronet (Contentious)
Preceded by
Humphrey Bickley, 4th Baronet
Baronet Bickley of Attleborough
Succeeded by


The type of Advowson being enacted may be important. If it was the inheritable type then it may help trace the lineage.

Is there an advowson/patronge 'list' somewhere? Church of England Clergy database might be the best thing but it's not consistent or easy to summarise..

  • Chidham and Thorney, Sussex
    • Refer IPM Page 28-29 Sussex Inquisitions Item 132.

Thomas Bickley (check if he's been created yet - grandson of Henry I think)

  • Sandy, Bedfordshire
    • Placement of a William Taylor sponsored by two Bickley men.


Variations of these arms have been recorded as being used by Thomas Bickley DD (abt.1518-1596) and descendants of Francis Bickley (1530-bef.1603) of Lolworth, Cambridgeshire and Henry Bickley (abt.1503-aft.1570) of Chidham, Sussex.

The use of similar Arms by these three family groups indicates a familial tie which is yet to be resolved.

LocationTime FrameName / Arms Presented byNotes
Line 1
Chichester, SussexThomas Bickley DD (abt.1518-1596)
Line 2
Chidham, SussexHenry Bickley (abt.1503-aft.1570)
Line 3
Cordwainer Ward, London, Middlesex1633-1635Frauncis (Byckley) Bickley (bef.1583-1670)
Halloughton, Warwickshire1682Francis Bickley (bef.1626-aft.1683)
Attleborough, Norfolkshire
Line 4??
Bristol and Ettingshall, Staffordshirec.1858?Benjamin Bickley Rogers 1828-1919Son of Catherine, eldest daughter of Benjamin Bickley, of Bristol and Ettingshall, Staffordshire.

The visitation of London, anno Domini 1633, 1634, and 1635. Made by Sr. Henry St. George, kt., Richmond herald, and deputy and marshal to Sr. Richard St. George, kt., Clarencieux king of armes by St. George, Henry, 1581-1644; College of Arms (Great Britain); St. George, Richard, d. 1635; Howard, Joseph Jackson, 1827-1902, ed; Chester, Joseph Lemuel, 1821-1882, joint ed. Publication date 1880-83. Page 70. The Internet Archive online.

The visitation of the county of Warwick, begun by Thomas May, Chester, and Gregory King, Rouge dragon, in Hilary vacacon, 1682. Reviewed by them in the Trinity vacacon following, and finished by Henry Dethick Richmond, and said rouge dragon pursuiv in Trinity vacation, 1683, by virtue of several deputations from Sir Henry St. George, Clarenceux king of arms by May, Thomas, Chester herald; King, Gregory, 1648-1712. cn; Dethick, Henry, Richmond herald; Saint-George, Henry, Sir, 1625-1715; Rylands, William Harry, 1847-1922, ed; College of Arms (Great Britain) cn Publication date 1911. Pages 141-142. The Internet Archive online.

This image shows the differencing of the Arms as presented during the Visitation of London by Frauncis (Byckley) Bickley (bef.1583-1670) and his nephew Francis Bickley (bef.1626-aft.1683) during the Visitation of Warwickshire:

A History of the Western Division of the County of Sussex Including the Rapes of Chichester, Arundel, and Bramber, with the City and Diocese of Chichester · Volume 1. By James Dallaway · 1815. Pages 78, 134-135, 31, 76. Google Books online.</ref>

A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies of England by J. and J.B. Burke, By sir John Bernard Burke · 1838. Page 23, 61-62, 215. Google Books online.

Arg. a chev. counter embattled between three griffins' heads erased sa.[ble], each charged with a plate langued gu.[les].

The general armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales; comprising a registry of armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time by Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892. Page 81. The Internet Archive.

Fairbairn's Book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland Volume 1, By James Fairbairn · 1993. Page 52 Google Books online.

Encyclopaedia Heraldica Or Complete Dictionary of Heraldry, Volume 2, By William Berry · 1828. Page 69, 84, 157 Google Books online.

The Baronetage of England: Containing a Genealogical and Historical Account of All the English Baronets Now Existing: with Their Descents, Marriages, and Memorable Actions Both in War and Peace. Collected from Authentic Manuscripts, Records, Old Wills, Our Best Historians, and Other Authorities. Illustrated with Their Coats of Arms, Engraven on Copper-plates. Also, a List of All the Baronets, who Have Been Advanced to that Dignity, from the First Institution Thereof. To which is Added, An Account of Such Nova-Scotia Baronets as are of English Families; and a Dictionary of Heraldry, Explaining Such Terms as are Commonly Used in English Armory · Volume 2, By Richard Johnson, Edward Kimber · 1771. Pages 225-227, item 197. Google Books online.

The English Baronetage: Containing a Genealogical and Historical Account of All the English Baronets, Now Existing: Their Descents, Marriages, and Issues; Memorable Actions, Both in War, and Peace; Religious and Charitable Donations; Deaths, Places of Burial, and Monumental Inscriptions; Collected from Authentick Manuscripts, Records, Old Wills, Our Best Historians, and Other Authorities. Illustrated with Their Coats of Arms, Curiously Engraven, on Copper-plates: with an Explanatory Index of the Terms in Heraldry, Referring to the Arms. Also Correct Lists; I. Of the Present Baronets, in the Order of Precedence. II. Of Those who are Now Peers of Great-Britain, Or Ireland. III. Of Those Foreigners, who Have Had this Dignity Conferr'd on Them. IV. Of Those, Whose Titles are Now Extinct. Likewise Exact Tables of Precedence; Particularly with Respect to the Wives, Sons, and Daughters, of Baronets, and Knights. To which are Added, an Account of Such Nova-Scotia Baronets as are of English Families ...By Thomas Wotton · 1741 Pages 331-333, item 261. Google Books online.

Memorials of the parochial church, the collegiate chantry, and the chapel of st. Mary ... in the parish of Attleborough by Barrett, Jonathan Tyers. United Kingdom: Parker, 1848. Page 192. Google Books online.

Window at Lincoln's Inn: Hobhouse, John Baron Hobhouse of Woodborough,Waller, Edmund,Newman, Cardinal John Henry,Verral, Arthur Woolgar,Younger, Robert Baron Blanesburgh,Rogers, Benjamin Bickley,Warren, John Byrne Leicester Baron de Tabley,Cromwell, Richard,Bruce, Stanley Melbourne Viscount Bruce of Melbourne ,Beckett, Sir Edmund Bt Baron Grimthorpe,Kinglake, Alexander William,Butcher, John George Baron Danesfort,Pember, Francis William,Matthews, Henry Viscount Llandaff,Holland, Sir Thomas Erskine,Reade, Charles,Garrick, David,Stephen, Sir James,Newbolt, Sir Henry John, IMAGE ID T-0335, DEVICE Achievement, CLASS Personal arms, MEDIUM Glass, LOCATION, Lincoln's Inn, DATE PHOTO 2006 The Heraldry Society online.

An oil painting of Thomas, by an unknown artist, shows the arms of the See of Chichester impaling the Bickley arms. It is un-dated, however, as it shows him as the Bishop, it was probably done after he took the position in 1586.[2]

Another depiction of his Bickley arms appears atop a small mural monument, of alabaster, with an effigy kneeling, of the Bishop, in painted stone. It is also said to exhibit the early costume of protestant bishops and is situated near the altar of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity (now Chichester Cathedral).[3][4]

His arms have also been illustrated and recorded by Dallaway twice; each time differently but both times, it seems, in association with Thomas Bickley, the Bishop of Chichester;[5]

  • Argent, a chevron embattled between three gryphons’ heads erased sable, charged with a bezant.
    • This is the version which appears in the painting and mural monument referenced above.
    • This is the version which is depicted as being impaled with See of Chichester in the painting referenced above.
  • Argent, on a cheveron between three gryphons’ heads erased sable, a bezant.
    • This version is shown as being impaled with the Day family: A cross quarterly voided, gules and argent, counterchanged, and charged with a lily, between four demi-roses en soleil.
    • The significance of this is currently not known.

It is currently unknown if Dallaway has made an error or if this reveals a genealogical fact of significance once researched further. Of interest is that a second Thomas Bickley (noted as junior and not to be confused with the Bishop) was recorded as having an appointment at Chichester Cathedral, Wisborough Prebend, between 27 March 1591 and 3 June 1595.[6] It is possible there has been some conflation between the two Thomas' and this is currently being researched.

Screen grab from painting of Thomas Bickley DD showing the arms on the canvas.
  • Arms in Chidham, St Mary's Church, unsure which Bickley they align with.
Bickley Arms St Mary's Church Chidham


Bagot of Blithfield:[7]

  • ARMS. Quarterly 1 and 4. Argent, a chevron gules between three martlets sable. [Batoy.] 2. Or, a lion rampant, doubled tailed gules. [BLITHFIELD.†] 3. Per pale dancettée argent and sable. [MALORY.]
  • CREST. In a ducal coronet or, a goat's head argent, horned gold.
Baggot Arms, Visitation of Staffordshire, A.D. 1583.

This is relevant as letters were exchanged between Thomas Bickley DD and members of the Baggot family in which Thomas referred to them as cuzzens. And because Marlets are in both Bickley and Baggot arms and Baggots also have Griffins in them.

Memorials of the Bagot Family, William Bagot (2nd baron.). Note the front cover has Griffins on it! Google Books online

And more Griffins here:


  1. A Calendar of Post Mortem Inquisitions Relating to the County of Sussex, 1 to 25 Elizabeth, By Great Britain. Court of Chancery · 1904. Henry Bickeley of Chudham esquire. Page 79, Item 59. Google Books online.
  2. Thomas Bickley (1518–1596), Fellow (1540–1553), Bishop of Chichester (1586–1596), unknown artist, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, Art UK online.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Thomas Bickley," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed September 11, 2021).
  4. A History of the Western Division of the County of Sussex Including the Rapes of Chichester, Arundel, and Bramber, with the City and Diocese of Chichester · Volume 1. By James Dallaway · 1815. Pages 78, 134-135, 31, 76. Google Books online.
  5. A History of the Western Division of the County of Sussex Including the Rapes of Chichester, Arundel, and Bramber, with the City and Diocese of Chichester · Volume 1. By James Dallaway · 1815. Pages 78 and 134-135. Google Books online.
  6. Person: Bickley, Thomas (1591 - 1595), CCEd Person ID: 73630. Clergy of the Church of England Database. Accessed 6 October 2021.
  7. Collections for a history of Staffordshire by Staffordshire Record Society, Publication date 1882, Publisher Birmingham, Eng. : Houghton and Hammond. THE VISITATION OF STAFFORDSHIRE, A.D. 1583. Page 41. The Internet Archive

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