Arms of San Lorenzo de Calatrava, Spain

San Lorenzo de Calatrava
Granted 1991

Blazon: Per fess argent a cross of Calatrava gules and or a grill fesswise sable, in base a palm branch embowed proper

The grill is a symbol of St. Lawrence, the patron saint of the town, who was roasted to death. The first records of the town date back to 1588, when a group of peasants told King Felipe II that they were unable to attend Mass because they lived too far from a church.

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Arms of Dienersdorf, Austria

ALT
Granted 1993

Blazon: Party of six argent and gules, two branches raguly and enflamed in pale counterchanged

The branches are apparently a reference to the Diethbrant von Safen, the first lord of the region. The “brant” part of his name recalls “Brand,” or “fire.”

Arms of Horcajo de los Montes, Spain

Horcajo de los Montes

Granted 2004

Blazon: Argent on a fess gules between a vulture displayed sable and an olive branch fructed vert a molet of six points of the field

The name of the town derives from “horcajo” or “fork,” referring to its position at the joining of two streams. Records of the town date back to the fourteenth century. While olive cultivation is common in the region, I’m afraid I don’t have an explanation for the molet – or the vulture.

Arms of the borough of Croyden

Croyden

London, England

Granted 1965

Blazon: Argent on a cross flory sable between in chief dexter two swords in saltire and sinister two keys in saltire, both azure and gules, five bezants

Crest: On a mural crown or a fountain between a branch of oak leaved and fructed and a branch of beech slipped proper

Supporters: On the dexter a lion sable and on the sinister a horse argent each with a cross formy fitchy pendant from a collar counterchanged

Mantling: Sable lined argent

Motto: Ad summa nitamur (Let us strive for perfection)

The cross flory comes from the arms of John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury, by way of the County Borough of Croyden. The keys and swords refer to the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul. The fountain symbolizes the source of the River Wandle, and the white horse is from the arms of the Earls of Surrey.