Writer: Tarbotton, Marriott Ogle (1835 - 1887)
Medium: Photographic print
One of eight coats of arms carved in hard red Mansfield stone and attached to the abutments of Marriott Ogle Tarbotton's New Trent Bridge. "The shields are drawn from sketches made by Miss Hind, under the suggestion of Mr. Close - by Mr. W. O. Smith, who also carved them on the stones...They reflect the greatest credit on Mr. Smith."
"The second shield is that of King John, gules, 3 lions passant gardant, or; impaling the arms of his wife Isabel, daughter and heir of Aymer, Count of Angouleme, viz., - lozengy or, and gules.
Probably no English sovereign passed so much of his time in Nottingham and the forests of Nottinghamshire, or crossed the Old Bridge so frequently, as King John.
This shield is suspended from a sprig of broom. Henry II., the father of King John, was the first English sovereign of the House of Anjou or Plantagenet so styled from their badge or device, the broom; in Latin, planta genista."
Text by Marriott Ogle Tarbotton from the book 'History of the Old Trent Bridge'