Arms of the borough of Tower Hamlets, London, England

Tower Hamlets

Granted 1965

Blazon: Argent on a base wavy azure charged with two bars wavy of the field a lymphad sail furled sable pennon and flags flying gules, on a chief of the second between a pair of fire tongs and a weaver’s shuttle a pale of the first charged with a sprig of mulberry fructed proper

Crest: On a wreath of the colors in front of a representation of the White Tower of the Tower of London proper two anchors in saltire or

Supporters: On the dexter side a sea-horse, on the sinister side a talbot, all proper

Mantling: Azure lined argent

Motto: From great things to greater

Most of the elements in this achievement are drawn from the arms of the borough of Stepney, which was incorporated into Tower Hamlets in 1965. The fire tongs are the symbol of St. Dunstan, who held the Manor of Stepney when he was Bishop of London.

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Arms of Ipswich Borough Council, England

Granted 1561

Blazon: Per pale gules a lion rampant or armed and langued azure and of the last three demi-ships* argent

Crest: On a wreath or and gules a demi-lion rampant of the second supporting a triple-masted ship sails furled sable

Supporters: Two sea-horses azure finned or

Mantling: Gules lined argent (?)

*Probably taken from arms of Cinque Ports

Arms of Cambridge City Council, England

Granted 1575

Blazon: Gules a bridge enarched surmounted by three towers or, in chief a fleur-de-lis of the last between two roses argent, in base barry wavy of the last and azure* three lymphads sails furled sable

Crest: On a wreath or and gules upon a mount vert a bridge in the form of a castle with two ports and as many turrets between three towers, all domed argent

Supporters: Two sea-horses per fess gules and azure finned or

Mantling: Gules lined argent

*This aspect of the blazon is not depicted in the illustration.

The Sea-horse is of very frequent use in armory, and usually has reference to meritorious actions performed at sea. It is also borne by many seaport towns in allusion to the trade and commerce of the port, as in the arms of the city of Belfast.

From Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art by John Vinycomb, p273

This fabulous marine creature [the sea-horse] in heraldry is compounded of the fore quarters of a horse with webbed paws, and the hinder part of a fish or dolphin. A scalloped fin is continued down the neck and back in place of a mane. It is frequently, though erroneously, to be seen depicted with the flowing mane of a horse.

From Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art by John Vinycomb, p272