Arms of Pendle Borough Council, England

Granted 1980

Blazon: Gules on a chevron argent between in chief two cotton sprigs slipped and flowered proper and in base a fleece or a lozenge between two cogwheels sable, a chief per fess enarched azure and vert

Crest: On a wreath argent and gules issuant from a Roman Corona Radiata or two lion’s gambs erect purpre armed and grasping a circlet of the third enfiling a spray of three roses argent between two like sprays of three roses gules, all barbed, seeded, and conjoined on one stem proper

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Supporters: Two stags each standing upon a broom, the head inward, all proper

Compartment*: Moorland with outcrops of millstone grit all proper

Motto: In unitate florescemus (In unity we shall flourish increasingly)

*Compartments are usually left to the discretion of the artist, not specified in the blazon.

From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p198-199

Blazon: Per saltire or on a bend azure a bendlet gules and of the second three palets argent

“This kind of partition is diversely blazed… the ancients called it Gyronny of four parts. The French blazoners call it, quarterly in bend, of such and such colors.”

To this cause may be attributed the eventual decline of heraldry in England; because the ensigns were no longer simple, or the property unalienable, but were extended to a degree by which all the ancient and primary devices were exhausted, and the deficiency supplied by domestic and vulgar representations.

– From Inquiries into the Origin and Progress of the Science of Heraldry in England by James Dallaway, p460 (1793)