Now, as this was the beginning and original of [esquire], that is to say, due only to servitors in wars… in the days of peace, to the intent, men well deserving in the commonwealth, to the administration of public and worshipful offices, might be honored with some title above the estate of a simple gentleman.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p100

Arms of Woodbridge Town Council, England

Woodbridge

Granted 1975

Blazon: Per bend argent and barry wavy of the last and azure on a bend gules three escallops of the first in sinister chief a rose flowered, slipped, and leaved proper

Crest: On a wreath argent and gules on the stump of an oak tree sprouting proper a cock head to the dexter vert in front of a cock head to the sinister or, both beaked, legged, combed, and wattled gules

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Preservation and progress