The Mayor of Bath

Seals

Seal to Charter 9

The Great Seal of Edward III is made of dark green wax and is similar to the seals of Edward I and Edward II.

Seal to Charter 16

The original Great Seal of Henry V, who used his father's seal, so this is a fine specimen of the second seal of Henry IV. It also provides a reminder of the re-building of Westminster Abbey by Henry III as a resting place for Edward the Confessor and as his own burial place.

 

Seal to Charter 22

The Great Seal is the second of Elizabeth I in dark brown wax. The figure of the Queen can be seen clearly in the centre of the seal. The simplicity of the legend on either side provides a reminder that England is now free from foreign influence and that the reformation was a national and religious cause. Whilst the use of the Royal motto "Dieu et mon Droit" was continuous from Henry V onwards, Elizabeth's motto was "Semper eadem" (Always the same).

Further Reading

Renaissance Bath

The visit of Bishop Oliver King from Wells in 1499 began a transformation of the Bath Priory. The monastic establishment was judged to be morally lax and the medieval church was decaying rapidly.

Mayor's Awards

Introduction to the Mayor of Bath Website

"Floreat Bathon" May Bath flourish