The heraldic badge of Chester Herald of Arms in Ordinary
|Jurisdiction||England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
|Governing body||College of Arms|
Chester Herald of Arms in Ordinary is an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. The office of Chester Herald dates from the 14th century, and it is reputed that the holder was herald to Edward, Prince of Wales, the Black Prince. In the reign of King Richard II the officer was attached to the Principality of Chester, which was a perquisite of the then Prince of Wales. In the reign of King Henry VIII the title lapsed for a time but, since 1525, the office of Chester has been one of unbroken succession, as a herald in ordinary. The badge of office is taken from the arms of the Earl of Chester and in blazoned as A Garb ensigned of the Royal Crown Or.
On 22 September 2017 The Honourable Christopher John Fletcher-Vane was appointed to the office. Formerly Portcullis Pursuivant from 2012 to 2017. Born in 1953 in Cumbria, the second son of William Morgan Fletcher-Vane, who was later created The 1st Baron Inglewood on 30 June 1964, one of the last creations of a non-Royal hereditary peer. For many years a barrister in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Holders of the office
|Arms||Name||Date of appointment||Ref|
|John (surname unknown)||(1393)|
|James Billett||(Henry VI)|
|William Tyndale or Tendale||1443–1447|
|William Whiting||(Henry VI)|
|John Water or Walter||(1455)|
|Richard Stanton||(Henry VI/Edward IV)|
|Roger Stamford||(Edward IV)|
|Roger Bromley, Esq.||(1483)|
|Thomas Whiting, Esq.||(1493)|
|Randolph Jackson, Esq.||1533–1540|
|William Flower, Esq.||1540–1561|
|Robert Cooke, Esq.||1562–1566|
|John Hart, Esq.||1566–1574|
|Edmund Knight, Esq.||1574–1592|
|James Thomas, Esq.||1592–1603|
|William Penson, Esq.||1603–1617|
|Thomas Knight, Esq.||1617–1618|
|Henry Chitting, Esq.||1618–1637|
|Edward Walker Esq.||1638–1644|
|William Dugdale, Esq.||1644–1660|
|Thomas Lee, Esq.||1660–1667|
|Thomas May Esq.||1677–1689|
|Charles Mawson, Esq.||1689–1721|
|Edward Stibbs, Esq.||1721–1739|
|Francis Hutchenson, Esq.||1739–1752|
|John Martin Leake, Esq.||1752–1790|||
|George Martin Leake, Esq.||1791–1834|||
|Walter Aston Blount, Esq., FSA||1834–1859|||
|Edward Stephen Dendy, Esq.||1859–1864|||
|Henry Murray Lane, Esq.||1864–1913|||
|Thomas Morgan Joseph-Watkin, Esq.||1913–1915|||
|Sir Arthur William Stuart Cochrane, KCVO||1915–1926|||
|Sir John Dunamace Heaton-Armstrong, MVO||1926–1956|||
|James Arnold Frere, Esq., FSA||1956–1960|||
|Sir Walter John George Verco, KCVO||1960–1971|||
|David Hubert Boothby Chesshyre, Esq., FSA
|Timothy Hugh Stewart Duke, Esq.||1995–2014|||
|The Hon. Christopher John Fletcher-Vane||2017 – present|||
- "News from the College of Arms". whitelionsociety.org.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
- "No. 9190". The London Gazette. 4 August 1752. p. 3.
- "No. 13367". The London Gazette. 29 November 1791. p. 665.
- "No. 19211". The London Gazette. 18 November 1834. p. 2053.
- "No. 22333". The London Gazette. 6 December 1859. p. 4637.
- "No. 22876". The London Gazette. 19 July 1864. p. 3617.
- "No. 28738". The London Gazette. 18 July 1913. p. 5136.
- "No. 29364". The London Gazette. 12 November 1915. p. 11186.
- "No. 33214". The London Gazette. 22 October 1926. p. 6749.
- "No. 40695". The London Gazette. 27 January 1956. p. 566.
- "No. 42185". The London Gazette. 4 November 1960. p. 7463.
- "No. 47659". The London Gazette. 9 October 1978. p. 11997.
- "No. 54127". The London Gazette. 11 August 1995. p. 11019.
- "No. 62064". The London Gazette. 27 September 2017. p. 18030.
- The College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street : being the sixteenth and final monograph of the London Survey Committee, Walter H. Godfrey, assisted by Sir Anthony Wagner, with a complete list of the officers of arms, prepared by H. Stanford London, (London, 1963)
- A History of the College of Arms &c, Mark Noble, (London, 1804)