HC Deb 13 April 1927 vol 205 cc355-6
32. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, who was responsible for the heraldic advice given when the Chapel Royal at Windsor was restored; if he is aware that the yale which figures in the heraldic decorations is now represented with both its horns sloping the same way, whereas the ancient design is for one horn to point forward and one horn to point backwards; and whether, in the interests of heraldic accuracy, he will take further advice with a view to the necessary alterations being made?


The Chapel in question is under the jurisdiction of the Dean of Windsor, and I regret, therefore, that I am unable to take any action in the matter.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Have we not some interest in the Chapel Royal as being scheduled as an historic monument having existed for 6,000 years; and may I ask whether this mistake in the yale will not be very serious 6,000 years hence?


Can the hon. and gallant Gentleman give the House a short description of the yale?

Captain KING

I should not be in order if I did so. I will refer the hon. Member to "Natural History." In reply to the hon. and gallant Member, I am afraid I cannot add anything to my previous answer. I have no jurisdiction.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

I and my friends feel very keenly on this matter. In the interest of historical accuracy, may I ask you, Mr. Speaker, in what way we can have this important matter cleared up?

Viscountess ASTOR

In these days of dreadful unemployment, does it not seem rather foolish that the time of the House should be wasted in answering questions as to what is going to happen 6,000 years hence to this historic monument?


The Financial Secretary to the War Office has informed the House that this chapel is under the Dean of Windsor, and not under the Office of Works. Therefore, we have no right to take any action.