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.
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
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.
(Reposted with permission from eidolan– see source for original post.) Upper left: I. King Richard- Gules three lions passant guardant in pale or II. William de Longchamps- Paly of four argent and vair III. William de Redvers- Or a lion rampant … Continue reading →