Arms of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, England

Oadby and Wigston

In use since 1974?

Blazon: Per quarterly gules and vert on a bend or between II and III two bars gemelles or surmounted by a pile reversed argent, a lion’s gamb erased gules armed azure between two cinquefoils pierced ermine

Crest: On a wreath argent and gules an owl close affronté supporting between its wings a pelt charged with a shuttle erect, all proper

Supporters: On the dexter a lamb guardant argent; on the sinister a tiger guardant, the tail reflexed up along the exterior thigh proper

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Obtain wisdom

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Arms of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, England

Granted 1974

Blazon: Sable a chevron invecked or between three owls argent; on a chief of the second as many annulets gules

Crest: On a wreath of the colors issuant from a circlet or charged with six annulets gules a rock proper thereon an owl argent

Supporters: Two griffins gules, each gorged with a collar engrailed argent charged with six bendlets of the first, pendant therefrom a heptagon of the second, the dexter charged with a molet of five points pierced, the sinister with a saddle, both sable

Mantling: Sable lined or

Motto: Sapere aude (Dare to be wise)

Examples of divided ordinaries

From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne, p180

On the left: argent a bend per bend embattled (Ferne has “crenell”) gules and sable between two porches, doors opened, of the third

On the right: Arms of Clyson, gules a fess per fess dancetty (Ferne has “indented point in point”) sable and argent between three owls’ heads erased of the third

It is scarcely necessary to remind the reader that all early nations had their national emblems, for the ox of the Egyptians, the owl of the Athenians, the eagle of the Romans, and the white horse of the Saxons (retained in the arms of Saxony and of Kent), must occur to the recollection of every one.

-From The Curiosities of Heraldry by M. A. Lower

(The white horse, while an ancient emblem of the Saxons, is preserved in the coat of Westphalia, Saxony being barry of ten sable and or a ducal coronet in bend vert.)