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: 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.
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.
[T]o the Earl was allowed the Crown Naval, but to the Marquis was anciently given a Crown Mural: and now, being altered with other fashions forsooth, it must rather be
a garland of flowers, that is to say, a Crown fleury, of quatrefoils.
– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p137
Blazon: Azure on a fess between two chevrons argent a mural crown gules all between two flaunches of the second each charged with as many bars wavy of the field surmounted by a seaxe point in chief proper
Crest: On a wreath of the colors an ancient ship gules flying flags and pennon of St. George, charged on the hull with three escallops and pendant from the yardam by chains a portcullis or nailed and spiked azure