Arms of the borough of Harrow


London, England

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.

Arms of Breitenau am Hochlantsch, Austria

Breitenau am Hochlantsch

Granted 1976

Blazon: Per pale argent on a pile azure two hammers in saltire of the first and vert as many churches of the first, roofed and windowed sable.

Mining has been one of the central industries in the area since the 11th century, hence the hammers on the dexter side of the escutcheon. The churches on the sinister represent the churches of St. Jakob and St. Erhard located in the village.

I’m a little disappointed that they decided to cram the sinister side on there, honestly. The dexter is great – simple, clean, distinctive, obviously speaking to the town’s heritage, easy to replicate. I’ll admit to a strong prejudice against representing specific buildings in arms, mostly because it’s not usually obvious to non-locals, and it doesn’t work unless the building is still THERE (*cough* Bühlerzell*cough*). So, half really good armory, half meh. Partial credit for venerating one of the more obscure saints, I guess.

Arms of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, England

Southend on Sea

Granted 1915

Blazon: Azure on a pile argent between on the dexter an anchor on the sinister a grill and in base a trefoil slipped or a vase gules issuant therefrom a spray of lilies proper

Crest: Issuant from a mural crown gules the mast of a ship proper flying a flag argent a cross gules

Supporters: On the dexter a medieval fisherman holding in the exterior hand a net and on the sinister holding a book and a staff, all proper

Mantling: Azure lined argent

Motto: Per mare per ecclesiam (Through the sea, through the Church)