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The flag of Exeter College of Oxford University is seen at the
college home page also shows the arms
and the flag. A large image of the arms can be found on the first page of the
pdf file at
contains an article by Patrick Dickinson, Richmond Herald of Arms, about the
subject p. 50-52 (dated 1969). His blazon: "Argent two bendlets nebuly within a
bordure Sable charged with eight pairs of keys addorsed the bows interlaced and
the wands upwards Or". Dickinson mentions a version impaling Stapeldon and Petre,
a refounder of the College, but the simple version is preferred. An old
rendering can be seen at
Jan Mertens, 20 July 2008
The flag is a banner of arms (ratio 1:1). The College was founded by Walter
de Stapledon Bishop of Exeter in 1314. It was known at first as Stapledon Hall.
The College uses Stapledon’s arms. The keys refer to the founder’s Bishopric of
Exeter, in the arms of which two gold keys are shown in saltire.
Source: John P. Brooke-Little: Oxford University and its Colleges, Oxford 1962(?), available online at https://www.theheraldrysociety.com/articles/oxford-university-and-its-colleges/.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2019
image located by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 March 2019
Source: “The arms of the Colleges; &c in Oxford' by J. Owen & E. Bowen c.1720
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 March 2019
Blade is red.
Source: (for current versions):
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 March 2019