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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Thursday, 31 January 2008
by Brad Storey


Curious Extract from St. John's Church Registry, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Vol. 7. Birth.-Edward, son of Robert Story, Tanner, Newcastle, born October the 11th 1740.

    I do hereby certifie that the said Edward, son of Robert Story, was born October the 11th 1740.

    As witness my hand this 10th day of January, 1761.           JOHN STORY.

    John Story was brother to Robert Story, who died 26th Jan., 1753.

Mr. Edward John Story, of Great Ilford, Essex, sent the compiler of this work an interesting pamphlet, entitled "The Newcastle Incorporated Company of Tanners." This ancient and mystic company of Free Tanners or Barkers was largely a masonic body. It obtained its charter as a company with regulations for the government of their craft in the time of King Henry VIII. The fraternity was constituted an association or fellowship on the 8th November, 1533. The arms of the company are as follow:- On a field azure a bull's head cabossed between two wells, argent, azure and wavy in, chief. Below the collar point an oak tree on a greensward. Crest: A bull's head reguardant on a torteau.
Motto: Deus noster Refugium.
A.D. 1532.

There are about thirty-two incorporated companies of Newcastle, and amongst them is that of the Company of House Carpenters, Millwrights and Trunkmakers, incorporated in 1579. With this company the Storys have also been associated for many years.

The arms of this fraternity consist of dexter and sinister chief points, a pair of compasses, sinister middle chief point, also a pair of compasses; a cheveron engrailed sable with apex rising to the collar point.

A.D. 1579.