Arms of the borough of Barnet, London, England

Barnet

Granted 1965

Blazon: Azure on a mount in base a Paschal lamb proper; on a chief per pale argent and gules a Saxon crown or between two roses counterchanged barbed and seeded proper

Crest: On a wreath of the colors a two-bladed airscrew in pale winged or surmounted by two swords in saltire points upwards proper

Supporters: On the dexter a lion and on the sinister a stag argent charged on the shoulder with a cross potent quadrate gules

Mantling: Azure lined argent

Motto: Unitas efficit ministerium (Unity accomplishes service)

The borough was formed from a combination of other boroughs, most of which are represented in the achievement. The Paschal lamb and the airscrew are from Hendon; the supporters are from Finchley; the crosses potent quadrate are from Friern Barnet. The red and white roses featured in the arms of both Barnet and East Barnet as a reference to the Battle of Barnet from the Wars of the Roses.

There is so much going on here, and I’m not sure any of it is good. Setting aside the fact that it’s basically impossible to make these arms work within the law of tinctures and the completely unnecessary compartment, my biggest complaint has to be the crest. First, that does NOT look like a propeller. I only figured out it’s supposed to be a two-bladed propeller seen from the front from the blazon. That’s not good. Secondly, it’s a fucking propeller. It’s already an allusion to aviation. You don’t need to put fucking wings on it. Third, I’m going to borrow Fox-Davies’ complaint about more modern crests: they were originally intended to be worn on top of a helmet. How the fuck are you supposed to balance that thing on your head? Would it even be identifiable from a distance? This is such a trainwreck, even the counterchanged reference to the Wars of the Roses isn’t enough to save it.

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Arms of South Northamptonshire District Council, England

South Northamptonshire

In use since 1974?

Blazon: Azure a lion rampant within an orle of garbs or

Crest: On a wreath of the colors from a coronet or a cock’s head gules combed and wattled of the first, all between two roses of the second barbed and seeded proper

Mantling: Azure lined or

Motto: Hora e sempre (Now and always)

Arms of Northamptonshire County Council, England

Arms of Northamptonshire County Council, England

Granted 1939

Blazon: Argent a rose gules barbed and seeded proper, on a chief of the second a fetterlock or between two roses of the first also barbed and seeded proper

Crest: On a wreath of the colors a falcon close argent gorged with a cord gules

Supporters: On the dexter a hart argent gorged with a collar and chain reflexed over the back sable; on the sinister a bull guardant of the last gorged with a collar and line reflexed over the back or

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Rosa concordia signum (The rose, symbol of peace)

Arms of Woodbridge Town Council, England

Woodbridge

Granted 1975

Blazon: Per bend argent and barry wavy of the last and azure on a bend gules three escallops of the first in sinister chief a rose flowered, slipped, and leaved proper

Crest: On a wreath argent and gules on the stump of an oak tree sprouting proper a cock head to the dexter vert in front of a cock head to the sinister or, both beaked, legged, combed, and wattled gules

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Preservation and progress