Tuesday, December 8, 2015

HERALDRY: Regent's Park College, an Oxford PPH

Shield of the Regent's Park
College Coat of Arms. It is a
Permanent Private Hall (PPH).
Dec. 8, 2015 – In response to inquiries after the appearance of my article on Oxford coats of arms in Oxford Today, I am extending the brief summaries of the coats of arms.

Blazon: Argent on a cross gules an open Bible proper irradiated or the pages inscribed with the words DOMINUS JESUS in letters sable on a chief wavy azure fish or.

Authority: The arms appear to be of no authority and are therefore unofficial. They appear to date to 1927, when the College moved to Oxford.

Full Achievement: The arms have a motto – Omnia probate quod bonus tenet. This is from St. Paul's First Epistle to the Thessalonians 5:21 and is translated: "Test all things; hold fast to that which is good." The achievement includes a crest that appears to be the facade of a building where the college was located in London.

Full achievement of the coat of arms.
The crest is a building that is not identified
 anywhere on the official websites.
Institutional History: The Regent’s Park College official University site includes a link to the official College site. The College describes itself as having been "an Education Society". It was originally called the Baptist Education Society in 1752, which in 1810 evolved into the Stepney Academy in East London. It pioneered in assisting Baptist students in applying to Oxford; the number of Baptist-affiliated students at Oxford grew from three to 26 students between 1827 and 1850. In 1856 it moved about seven miles across London to Regent’s Park, and adopted the name that it still carries. 

Intellectual and Religious History: The College's original mission was to provide a place for nonconformists – followers of Protestant religions other than the Church of England – to study. It offered a University-level education in the Arts and Law and trained future Baptist clergy as well as people like classical scholar W.H.D. Rouse and cricketer-turned-Liberal-politician Sir Joseph Francis Leese. Regent’s Park College was affiliated with the newly formed University of London as early as 1841. In 1927, the College moved to its third, current, site in Oxford. In 1957 it became a Permanent Private Hall (PPH) of the University of Oxford. Located in the heart of the city and University, Regent’s Park College is known for its friendly atmosphere and notable achievements of its undergraduates and postgraduates.

Other Posts on the Arms of Oxford Colleges and PPHs: Original Article in Oxford Today . Heraldry as Branding . Heraldry as Fun .  Coat of Arms vs. Crest . Sinister Questions . Visit to the College of Arms . Windsor Herald Talks to New Yorkers . Shaming of Harvard Law Shield :: Rapid Expansion of Oxford's Colleges and Halls . Oxford Stars . Links to Heraldry, Oxford, GW . Harris Manchester College . Linacre College . St Catherine's . St Cross College . St Edmund Hall . Trinity College :: Regent's Park College . St Benet's Hall . 

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