Arms of Calne Town Council, England

Blazon: Sable a tower domed between two feathers palewise, another likewise in the portal argent, each piercing an escrol or

Crest: A mural crown ensigned by a mitre or, jewelled and surmounting two archiepiscopal staves in saltire proper

Supporters: Two boars gules armed and crined or, langued azure, and gorged with a garland of teazels (thistles) argent

Mantling: Sable lined argent

Motto: Faith, work, service

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Arms of Poole Borough Council, England

 

Blazon: Barry wavy of eight sable and argent, a dolphin naiant embowed argent, langued gules, on a chief wavy of the third three escallops of the first

Crest: On a wreath of the colors a mermaid proper supporting in her dexter hand an anchor argent and holding in her sinister hand a pellet

Supporters: On the dexter a lion or, langued gules, holding a sword erect proper; on the sinister, a dragon of the first, langued of the second, supporting an oar argent

Mantling: Or lined sable

Motto: Ad morem villae de Poole (according to the custom of the town of Poole)

Arms of Somerset County Council, England

 

Blazon: Or a dragon rampant gules, langued and holding in its claws a mace palewise azure

Supporters: On the dexter, a stag, on the sinister, a bull, both gules armed, ungled, and gorged of a Saxon crown or, upon a compartment vert seme of apples or

Crest: Out of a Saxon crown or a demi-ram argent armed and ungled gules, in its mouth a Cheddar Pink flower slipped and leaved proper

Mantling: Vert lined or

Motto: Sumorsaete ealle (“all of Somerset”)

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From Inquiries into the Origin and Processes of the Science of Heraldry in England by James Dallaway, p134

Blazon unspecified (barry of six argent(?) and sable(?), on a chief of the last two palets of the first). Note the elaborate ground (called a compartment) on which the escutcheon rests.

A compartment is anything depicted below the shield as a foothold or resting-place for the supporters, or indeed for the shield itself. Sometimes it is a fixed part of the blazon and a constituent part of the heritable heraldic bearings. At other times it is a matter of mere artistic fancy, and no fixed rules exist to regulate or control nor even to check the imagination of the heraldic artist. The fact remains that supporters must have something to stand upon, and if the blazon supplies nothing, the discretion of the artist is allowed considerable laxity.

A Complete Guide to Heraldry by A. C. Fox-Davies, p. 441