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The Bernard coat of arms

Join our history curator on an audio tour exploring the significance of the Oak Room panels.

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Coats of arms were a stamp of authority, easily understood by visitors to Abington Manor House and servants alike.  The two bears in the carving represent the Bernard family. Bears in a coat of arms represented strength, cunning and ferocity in the protection of one's family. It is unclear which family the central crest represents but they would have some relation to the Bernards.

Play the YouTube clip below to hear more about heraldry and the panels.

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The Bernards support for the monarchy