Arms of Alamillo, Spain

Alamillo

Granted 1971

Blazon: Per fess argent a cross of Calatrava gules and or issuant from water in base barry wavy azure and argent five poplar trees vert

These are canting arms; “álamo” means “poplar” in Spanish. The Order of Calatrava held at least partial authority over the town from 1168 through 1780.

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Arms of Agudo, Spain

Agudo

Granted 1984

Blazon: Per pale argent a cross of Calatrava gules and azure three oars palewise in fess, between six crescents fesswise in chief and in base argent; pointé in base vert a base barry wavy of four argent and azure

The crescents are likely a remainder of the area’s time under Arab rule; during the eleventh through thirteenth centuries, the area seems to have changed hands fairly frequently. The Order of Calatrava held the town from 1189 – 1195 and after 1269.

Arms of Newark Town Council, England

Newark

Granted 1561

Blazon: Barry wavy of six argent and azure on a chief gules a peacock in his pride proper between a fleur-de-lis on the dexter and a lion passant guardant on the sinister or

Crest: On a wreath argent and azure a morfex* argent beaked sable holding in its beak an eel proper

Supporters: On the dexter, an otter, on the sinister a beaver, all proper

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Deo fretus erumpe (Trust God and sally)

*The actual identity of this bird is unclear; this spelling does not reliably occur anywhere else. Possibilities include a moorhen, a martlet, a heron, a cormorant, or a grouse. (Campbell, Jillian, and Mike Cox. Secret Newark. Amberly Publishing Limited, 2015. Google Book Search. Web. 10 July 2016.)

Arms of Villatoya, Spain

Villatoya

Granted 1991

Blazon: Per fess argent two cauldrons or charged with three rows of triangles in gyronny gules, each containing four serpents 2 and 2 facing the exterior proper and argent a bridge gules over water in base barry wavy azure and the field

Snakes in highly decorated cauldrons are a popular motif in arms from Albacete. So far, I have been unable to determine the origin of this unusual charge.

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