Hacheston church has a number of coloured armorial shields on the chancel, nave and west gallery roof. They are the coats of arms of many of the families who have been connected with Hacheston through the centuries. They were caused to be repainted by the Revd. J. Haggitt in 1818, and again by the late Captain Adams, DSO, RN, in the 1950s.
1. Six coloured shields on the chancel roof
On the north side from west to east - three:
(i) Arg. on a band Gu. cotised Sa. three pairs of wings conjoined by lure Arg. WINGFIELD.
(ii) Barry of ten Arg. and Gu. a lion ramapant Or. BRANDON Duke of Suffolk.
(iii) Erm. on a fess Gu. three escallops Arg. SECKFORD of Seckford Hall in Bealings.
On the south side from east to west - three:
(I) Or a bend engrailed between six roses Gu. WARNER of Parham Old Hall.
(ii) Gu. three lions passant guardant in pale Or, with label of three points Arg. BROTHERTON, Earls of Norfolk.
(iii) Gu. a bend between six cross crosslets fitchy Arg. HOWARD, Dukes of Norfolk.
2. Eighteen coloured shields on the nave roof
On the south side from east to west - six:
(i) Arg. two bends Gu., on a chief the date 1818 and initials "E.J.H" for HACKETT.
(ii) Quarterly Gu. and Or, in the first quarter a mullet Arg. deVERE, Earl of Oxford
(iii) Az. on an escutcheon Or a cross within an orle of billets Gu. VALIONS co. Suffolk.
(iv) Or fretty Az. WILLOUGHBY.
(v) Sa. two pallets Or, over all on a bend Gu. three charges? Now indecipherable. (blazoned by Mr. Farrer as: three pairs of jambs and arrows, each pair in saltaire Or) (Unidentified)
(vi) Quarterly per fess indented Or and Az. a bend Gu. BLUNDEVILLE, and afterwards BLOMFIELD of Suffolk.
On the upper north side from west to east - six:
(1) Per Az. and Gu. a fleur-de-lis Arg. (Unidentified) (per pale Vert and Gu. a fleur-de-lis Arg. FFOLKES of Gt. Barton).
(ii) Az. an eagle displayed Or, armed Gu. SHULDHAM/SHOULDHAM of Marlesford
(iii) Per pale Arg. (Or) and Vert a lion rampant Gu. BIGOD.
(iv) Gu. a lion rampant Arg. MOWBRAY Duke of Norfolk.
(vi) Arg. a fess between two chevrons Gu. PEACH? (Corder 309).
On the lower north side from west to east - six:
(i) Per fess Arg. and Sa.a cross flory between four mullets counterchanged. COLMAN. In the time of Henry VIII the family of Colman resided here (Page's 'Suffolk').
(ii) Sa. a cross flory Arg. MANNOCK of Stoke by Nayland.
(iii) Sa. three church bells Arg. a chief Erm. PORTER of Halesworth.
(iv) Arg. three chevrons Sa. ARCEDECKNE (as shown in photograph above)
(v) Sa. on a pile Arg. a caltrap Sa. KERRIDGE.
(vi) Arg. three bars and in chief three trivets Sa. REVETT of Brandewston Hall.
3. Three coloured shields on the south aisle roof
From east to west:
(i) Arg. on a chevron between three ravens Sa. three leopards' heads Or. CORRANCE of Parham Hall.
(ii) Arg. three bulls' heads erased Sa. BULL. Inscription in the church: Anthony Bull Esq. Lies next the bodies of his parents John Bull and Maude his wife. He died 24th September 1615. Page's 'Suffolk' says that John Bull was owner of Glevering Manor and his son Anthony was Portman of Ipswich 1600.
(iii) Arg. a bend engrailed Sa. between six pellets, three and three, charged with a crescent Or for difference. RADCLIFFE.
N.B. The shields in 1,2 and 3 above seem to have been moved around since Mr Farrar recorded them some eightly years ago. He noted five shields on the roof of chancel and twenty seven on the roof of nave. There are now twenty seven in all. The five missing shields are noted by Mr. Farrer as plain, and the following three:
(i) Arg. three escutcheons Gu. D'AVILLIERS.
(ii) Quarterly, 1 and 4 Or a lion rampant Gu. (Unidentified - see Corder 35). 2 and 3 a tree (unidentified).
(iii) Quarterly, 1. NASSAU. 2) DIETZ. 3) VIANDEN. 4) CATZNELLOGEN. In pretence: ZULEISTEIN (These three coats are blazon on No. 3 Easton). Nassau, Earls of Rochford, of Easton.
4. Two shields on the west gallery
(ii) HACKETT (twice)
5. Hatchment on north wall of chancel
Dexter background black. Quarterly 1 and 4 ARCEDECKNE. 2 and 3 Arg. on a Gu. and Az. on a chevron between three martlets Arg. three eagles displayed Sa. BECKFORD. 2. Arg. three bars and in chief three lions' heads erased Gu. LOVE. 3. LEIGH. Crest: An arm embowed mailed proper in the hand a sword, pommel and hilt Or. Mantling: Gu. and Arg. Motto Deus providebit (God will provide).
(For Andrew Arcedeckne of Glevering Hall, who married 1816 Harriet, only daughter of Francis Love Beckford, and died 1849 (Burke's Landed Gentry 1853 ed.))
Transcribed from undated (but believed to be from 1976) information held in the vestry of All Saints' Church Hacheston. The name of the author(s) is also not given, but believe it was Mrs. Bowden-Smith. The information seems to come from a visit by Mr Farrar, possibly in 1896. If anyone has further information on the shields, please let us know.