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on Display by JT Marlin.
Authority Granted May 14, 1934.
Meaning The red roses in chief represent Lancashire, where the original academy was located. The two torches in base represent enlightenment and the book represents learning. The torches are interpreted with wide latitude, but this does not rise to the level of an issue. If a blazon is granted, it is fixed. But heraldic artists are allowed some free rein.
Founded 1786 as Manchester Academy. Moved to Oxford 1889. Became an Oxford College in 1996.
English Presbyterians helped found, through legacies, the Warrington Academy (1757-1786), which became a Unitarian foundation. But by 1786, the influences were powerfully Unitarian. David Harrison sent me the correction to my article.
Two of the Founders are to be seen in the College’s Warrington Window – Thomas Barnes and Thomas Percival – while the third, my first cousin Ralph Harrison, has a beautiful window dedicated to him in the College Chapel. All three Founders were graduates of the Unitarian Warrington Academy and two, Harrison and Barnes, were ministers at Manchester’s Unitarian Cross Street Chapel.
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Sources and Thanks
|Coat of arms on a college gate|
|Chapel, Harris Manchester College, Oxford.|
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