Arms of the borough of Camden


London, England

Granted 1965

Blazon: Argent on a cross gules a mitre or; on a chief sable three escallops of the field

Crest: On a wreath of the colors issuant from a mural crown argent a demi-elephant sable armed or and gorged with a wreath of holly fructed proper

Supporters: On the dexter a lion and on the sinister a griffin or, each gorged with a collar, the dexter argent charged with three molets of five points sable, the sinister of the last charged with as many molets of as many points of the second, pendant from each a fountain

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Non sibi sed toti (Not for self but for all)

The cross, mural crown, and supporters are derived from the arms of the former borough of Holborn, while those of Hampstead yielded the mitre and the holly wreath, and the escallops and elephant are from St. Pancras. The supporters each correspond to one of the Inns of Court in the borough; the lion is for Lincoln’s Inn, and the griffin for Gray’s.

You know what, it could be worse. At least some of the way-too-many charges are interesting – you don’t see a lot of elephants, and I obviously have a soft spot for griffins. Yes, the level of detail on the collars is incredibly nitpicky, and the colors in this depiction don’t entirely match the blazon, but the actual arms themselves aren’t terrible. The argent-cross-gules is a reference to the city arms, and it obeys the laws of tincture, and honestly, the arms of the London boroughs are so weird and visually messy that I’ll just take what I can get.

Arms of Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, England

Granted 1974?

Blazon: Gules an arrow palewise point in chief enfiled by a crown palisado, all within a bordure or charged with eight roses of the field barbed and seeded proper

Crest: On a wreath of the colors out of a crown palisado or a rocky mount, thereon an elephant statant proper, upon its back a port between two towers, the trappings or and charged with a rose as in the arms

Supporters: Two lions rampant, the dexter sable gorged with a wreath or and gules, the sinister gules gorged with a wreath or and azure, each supporting a staff or flying a forked pennon vert, the dexter charged with a shuttle in bend surmounted by a spindle in bend sinister or, the sinister with a hornet volant of the last

Motto: Supera moras (Overcome delays)