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Oxford University - All Souls College (England)

College of the Souls of All the Faithful Departed

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[Flag of All Souls College] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2019

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Description of the flag

All Souls College of Oxford University presents itself at
“The College of All Souls of the Faithful Departed (...) was founded by Henry VI and Henry Chichele (fellow of New College and Archbishop of Canterbury), in 1438. Today the College is primarily an academic research institution with particular strengths in the Humanities and Social and Theoretical Sciences and an outstanding library. (...) Although its fellows are involved in teaching and supervision of research, there are no undergraduate members.”

The arms shown on the site are blazoned here:
“Or, a chevron between three cinquefoils gules” i.e. the Chicely arms (here seen with Canterbury See): or a Flickr photo uploaded by “Normann” 7 Jun 2008:  Another photo (same source), the square armorial flag between dreaming spires:
Jan Mertens, 13 September 2009

The flag is a banner of arms (ratio 1:1).
Coat of Arms:
Shield Or, a chevron between three cinquefoils Gules.
Meaning: The college was founded in 1438 in order to commemorate the victims of the Hundred Years' War by Henry Chichele,
Archbishop of Canterbury. The arms are those of the founder and his collateral descendants.
Source: John P. Brooke-Little: Oxford University and its Colleges, Oxford 1962(?), available online at and,_Oxford.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2019

Coat of arms, 1720

[1720 Arms of All Souls College] 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