Our badge and logo are two special artefacts found at the palace.
The crescent (turned on its side to make a C for Clarendon) was found during the clearance of the site in the 1990s near the Antioch Chamber, in the King’s Apartments. This find increased the national collection to a total of three, all from Clarendon, two recovered in the 1930s.
The lead crescent, diameter c 650mm maybe the moon.
The other artefact maybe the sun, the largest of the five recovered being some 600 x 600mm.
These too came from the royal apartments, including the Antioch Chamber.
They date from c 1250 when they are recorded for the Antioch Chamber as ‘scintillis’, literally sparks, but distinct from ‘stella’ a star, and not ‘sol’, sun.
Scientific analysis shows they were sized and gilded.
They have been much debated and are mysterious and exciting objects. Interpretations range from:
Nonetheless they remain delightful and enigmatic artefacts, and in combination at Clarendon unique in the national archaeological record.