Arms of the borough of Harrow

Harrow

London, England

Arms and crest granted 1938, supporters granted 1954

Blazon: Or a fess arched vert, in chief on a pile gules between a torch sable enflamed proper and a quill pen of the fourth a clarion of the field, in base issuant from a mount a wood of trees of the second

Crest: Issuant from a mural crown proper a demi-lion rampant holding between the paws an arrow fesswise argent enfiled with a wreath of oak also proper

Supporters: On the dexter a representation of Hygeia supporting with her exterior hand a staff entwined with a snake, on the sinister a Benedictine monk supporting with the exterior hand a staff, all proper

Mantling: Vert lined or

Motto: Salus populi suprema lex (The well-being of the people is the highest law)

The fess vert represents the green spaces in the borough. The torch and quill pen refer to knowledge and the famous writers of the borough (such as Lord Byron, educated at the Harrow School). The pile is drawn from the Chandos arms. The clarion supposedly refers to the borough’s connection with Handel, although he lived in Mayfair.

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Arms of Weston-Super-Mare Town Council, England

Blazon: Per fess or and argent, in chief to the sinister a sun issuant from the partition line gules, in base a lymphad of the last; on a quarter sable a castle of three towers of the second

Crest: On a wreath argent and sable, in front of a lighthouse on a rock, a seagull volant proper

Mantling: Sable lined argent

Supporters: On the dexter, a lion rampant guardant azure, armed and langued gules, collared or, pendant therefrom an escutcheon of the second charged with a chevron argent between three clarions of the third; on the sinister, a wolf rampant argent, collared gules, pendant therefrom an escutcheon sable charged with a fess ermine

Motto: Ever Forward

 

Miscellaneous heraldic charges

From Inquiries into the Origin and Process of the Science of Heraldry in England by James Dallaway, p454

Left to right, top to bottom (click on the name for more examples of each):

The maunch, an often-stylized representation of a lady’s sleeve, which were often given as favors at tournaments.

The fer-de-moline, or mill-rind, a small piece of iron which supported the millstone.

The goblet. Those shown here are covered, though that is not always the case.

The clarion, or rest. It is not at all clear what this figure is supposed to represent. The older heraldic writers, beginning with Guillim, called it a clarion, or part of a pipe organ. However, it is more commonly called a rest, though whether it is a spear-rest or an organ-rest is not clear.

Arms of Bude-Stratton Town Council, England

Blazon: Argent two bars wavy within a bordure bezante, on a chief gules between two clarions or, a cross formy of the field

Crest: On a wreath of the colors a sun in splendor or a falcon close belled perched on a sinister gauntlet proper, collared compony argent and sable

Mantling: Argent lined azure