Arms of Torre de Juan Abad, Spain

Torre de Juan Abad

Granted 1273

Blazon: Argent a tower and lion rampant gules, in chief a molet of five points azure, all within a bordure of the first charged with eight saltires couped or

Unfortunately, I have no idea who Juan Abad might have been, and it seems like nobody else does, either. It seems reasonable to speculate that the tower is a canting element (“torre,” or “tower” in Spanish). The lion is possibly taken from the arms of Alfonso X of Castile, who granted the town’s arms, but I don’t have anything on the saltires or the molet. One last fun fact – Francisco de Quevedo, a prominent satirical Baroque poet, ruled the town for a while after his mother purchased the title for him. While the town apparently didn’t take too kindly to him at the time (read: they sued him, and he won, but only after he died), they now host an “International Graphic Humor Center” in honor of his snarky legacy.


Arms of Santa Cruz de Mudela, Spain

Santa Cruz de Mudela
In use since at least 2013

Blazon: Per fess gules a castle triple-towered or windowed azure and sable two bars argent and a pale counterchanged within a bordure gules charged with eight saltires couped or

According to legend, the town’s name comes from an incident in the early thirteenth century, where a man accused another of killing his father. When the former came to kill the latter, he saw a cross in the air above his head and dropped the sword.

Arms of Las Labores, Spain

Las Labores

Granted 2005

Blazon: Per fess gules a Maltese cross argent and of the second a cross of Burgundy couped of the first

The cross of Burgundy was formerly a symbol of the Valois Dukes of Burgundy. The duchy was later incorporated into the Habsburgs’ holdings. When the Habsburgs inherited the crowns of Castile and Aragon, the cross of Burgundy came into use as a Spanish symbol. It is also called the Cross of St. Andrew; I have used the former name to distinguish it from the argent saltire on azure that is the British Cross of St. Andrew.

Arms of Halstead Town Council, England


Granted 1964

Blazon: Per chevron vert and azure, in chief two shuttles palewise in fess proper, in base a thunderbolt or

Crest: On a wreath argent and vert in front of a saltire azure on a mount of the second a garb proper

Mantling: Vert lined argent

Motto: Consilio et prudentia (By wisdom and foresight)

Arms of South Cambridgeshire District Council, England

South Cambridgeshire

Granted 1978

Blazon: Gules on a saltire ermine between in chief a cornucopia or replenished proper, in fess two garbs and in base the sails of a windmill of the third, a closed book of the field clasped and garnished of the last

Crest: On a wreath argent and gules on a mount vert a great bustard close between the legs two quill pens in saltire all proper

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Niet zonder arbyt (Nothing without work)