coatofarmsThe Arms of the Blakers of Portslade, granted in 1616, depicts the side-facing heads of three Blackamoors – Negroes with African Hair.

The family are mentioned in connection with Old Shoreham, Kingston, Lewes, Patcham, Pangdean, and Brighton itself. Blaker Recreation Ground in Brighton was a gift from Sir John Blaker, a descendant, who was mayor of Brighton from 1895 to 1898 and chief military representative of Brighton during the First World War.

Source: Arms of the Sussex Families.