Wednesday, 16 October 2019

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Monday, 19 August 2019

Bloxham-Simms Association Armorial

International Society of Commoners Heraldry Registration Certificate 

The Bloxham-Simms Association have had a coat of arms designed by Messrs Brian Ashier & Elliot Nesterman and has been duly registered with the International Society of Commoners Heraldry. 

The Bloxham-Simms family of Hull 1930's.

The Association consists namely of the descendants of Frank Henry Simms and wife Amanda Matilda Eliassen both of Hull. Franks was the only child of Francis Alfred Bloxham & Charlotte Ann Simms. Frank & Amanda had a large family of 13 children many of whom went on to serve during WW2. Frank & Amanda now have many descendants, many of whom still keep in touch via an online group called the Bloxham-Simms family of Hull. 

Frank Henry Simms & Amanda Matilda Simms 50th Wedding Anniversary

They celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary in 1964.Their eldest child was Harry Leonard Simms and his eldest son was Paul Simms who married my mother Christine Frizzell in 1970. Interestingly Paul & Christine Simms celebrate their 50th Wedding anniversary in 2020. I have the curious position of being their eldest child hence I've put this blog together today to highlight the families progression.

Simms family WW2
Paul Simms & Christine Frizzell circa late 1960's Redcar

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Bloxham-Simms Association Armorial

Francis Alfred Bloxham and Charlotte Ann Simms both lived in the same small market town of Shipston-on-Stour situated in South Warwickshire. Shipston was a working Wool Town and Charlotte’s Father William was employed as a Plush Weaver and Francis’s father Alfred worked as a Cordwainer (shoe maker). They were to have only one child Frank Henry Simms born in 1892 and he was moved ‘up North’ to be brought up by his Uncle George & Auntie Ann in Hull. 

My thanks to Brian Abshier of Texas for creating this wonderful armorial which tells part of my families history.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Bellenville style by Texan based artist Brian Abshier

I'm rather delighted with this new interpretation of my South African arms by the Texan based artist Brian Abshier. This particular style of rendering is called the Bellenville style of which I know very little about other than it is a style from the Middle Ages based on a collection referred to as the Bellenville armorial. I very much like how my crest Bluethroat merges into the mantling on the great helm. The artist has really captured the sackbut proper in the chief and nice to see such wonderful detail in the crest.

To see more heraldry by Mr Brian Abshier of Texas check out his web site-

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

The Serbian emblazon

A few years ago I employed the rather eccentric Mr Ljubodrag Grujic, a Serbian school teacher by trade but a keen and popular international heraldist. I'm sure he'd described me as his most troublesome client and I would equally regard Mr Grujic as one of the most eccentric artist I've yet employed but none the less the emblazons exist and I figured why not show them to the world wide web.

The shield as shown above is interestingly done. It features a sackbut (an early forerunner of the modern trombone) upon a green shield partitioned by a chevron gold which upon is placed a decorative thistle proper. 
The badge is a variant of my official crest badge and features my birdie crest, a 'bluethroat' latin name 'Luscinia svecica'. A small passerine  European bird not an easy bird to find in the UK but very occasionally they make it to my back garden.  
My banner of arms held aloft by my crest. I rather like the finial shaped as a sackbut. The fringe gives the flag a charming appearance. I fly a similar one in my garden. So these are my Serbian emblazons as i like to call them :-)