Arms of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Kingston upon Thames

London, England

Granted 1966

Blazon: Azure three salmon naiant in pale argent finned and tailed gules

Crest: On a wreath of the colors issuant from a wreath of bay leaves vert banded or a demi-stag proper gorged with a crown of or pendant therefrom an escutcheon ermine on a chevron vert between two chevronels the chief per pale azure and gules, the base per pale gules and azure, a cross paté or, holding between the forelegs a fountain

Supporters: Two stags proper gorged with a ribbon argent pendant therefrom an escutcheon azure issuant from the base an elm tree proper in front of a sun rising or and resting the interior hind hoof on a charred woodstock proper

Compartment*: A grassy mount proper supported by a fillet wavy pre fess wavy argent and azure

Mantling: Azure lined argent

The arms are derived from the historical arms of the borough, recorded as far back as 1572; the three salmon refer to three fisheries mentioned in the Domesday Book. The escutcheon on the crest bears the arms of the Borough of Malden and Coombe, and the supporters’ escutcheons show the arms of the Borough of Surbiton.

*Compartments are usually left to the discretion of the artist, not specified in the blazon.

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Arms of the borough of Harrow

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 the borough of Camden

Camden

London, England

Granted 1965

Blazon: Argent on a cross gules a mitre or; on a chief sable three escallops of the field

Crest: On a wreath of the colors issuant from a mural crown argent a demi-elephant sable armed or and gorged with a wreath of holly fructed proper

Supporters: On the dexter a lion and on the sinister a griffin or, each gorged with a collar, the dexter argent charged with three molets of five points sable, the sinister of the last charged with as many molets of as many points of the second, pendant from each a fountain

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Non sibi sed toti (Not for self but for all)

The cross, mural crown, and supporters are derived from the arms of the former borough of Holborn, while those of Hampstead yielded the mitre and the holly wreath, and the escallops and elephant are from St. Pancras. The supporters each correspond to one of the Inns of Court in the borough; the lion is for Lincoln’s Inn, and the griffin for Gray’s.

You know what, it could be worse. At least some of the way-too-many charges are interesting – you don’t see a lot of elephants, and I obviously have a soft spot for griffins. Yes, the level of detail on the collars is incredibly nitpicky, and the colors in this depiction don’t entirely match the blazon, but the actual arms themselves aren’t terrible. The argent-cross-gules is a reference to the city arms, and it obeys the laws of tincture, and honestly, the arms of the London boroughs are so weird and visually messy that I’ll just take what I can get.

Arms of Fylde Borough Council, England

Granted 1974 (?)

Blazon: Vert a windmill or between two flaunches barry wavy argent and azure

Crest: On a wreath or and vert a dexter arm in armor, the hand gauntled proper and grasping three roses gules, barbed, seeded, and conjoined on one stem with three leaves also proper, all surmounted by as many molets of five points gules

Supporters: On the dexter a lion argent gorged with a wreath of the first and azure, pendant therefrom a hexagon of the last charged with a cross flory of the first; on the sinister a lion or gorged with a wreath of the last and azure, pendant therefrom a hexagon of the last charged with a dove volant, the dexter wing inverted and holding in the beak an olive branch of the third

Mantling: Vert lined or

Motto: Gaudeat ager (“Let the field be joyful”)

 

Arms of Guadalajara, Spain (province)

Blazon: Party of eight; I per pale azure a bend between two annulets argent and gules a dexter arm embowed palewise proper, armored and holding a coin or, pointé in base of the first, a fleur-de-lis of the fourth (Molina de Aragón); II per pale azure a castle triple-towered on a mount in base, all proper and gules an eagle displayed sable, crowned or, and bearing in its claws a bone proper (Sigüenza); III per pale i azure a tower on a mount in base proper and ii per fess gules a castle triple-towered or, windowed azure and argent a lion rampant purpre, armed and langued gules, crowned or (Atienza); IV gules a croizer bendwise argent surmounted by a castle triple-towered on a mount in base ensigned with a representation of the Virgin Mary, all proper (Brihuega); V per quarterly i and ii per pale gules a castle triple-towered or and argent a lion rampant gules, ii and iii azure three fleurs-de-lis argent (Cogolludo); VI azure a tower on a mount in base proper with seven streams flowing downhill argent (Cifuentes); VII per pale i azure a bend between two fleurs-de-lis argent surmounted by a letter P of the field fimbriated gules and ii argent, in dexter chief a cross of Calatrava gules, in dexter base a skull and in sinister a sword in pale, point to the base, all proper (Pastrana); VIII per fess gules a castle triple-towered on a mount in base proper and azure two laurel wreaths argent (Sacedón); overall in the fess point an escutcheon azure semé of molets of five points, a crescent decrescent argent, on a mount in base a city wall proper flying a flag gules, being charged upon by a horse saliant sable, trappings or, bearing a knight armored argent and flying the banner of St. George also proper; at his back a battalion all proper (Guadalajara)

Arms of Burnley Borough Council, England

Granted 1975

Blazon: Or a chevron engrailed between three roses gules, barbed, seeded, slipped, and leaved proper; on a chief wavy sable, two wheat stalks in saltire slipped and leaved between two bees volant of the field

Crest: On a wreath of the colors, a mount environed with a wreath of cotton plants proper, thereon a stork argent beaked and legged gules resting the dexter claw on a Lacy knot purpre

Supporters: Two lions purpre armed and langued vert gorged with a collar argent charged with three molets and the interior paw resting on a shuttle fesswise, thread to the interior sable

Motto: Hold to the truth

Arms of Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, England

Granted 1974?

Blazon: Gules an arrow palewise point in chief enfiled by a crown palisado, all within a bordure or charged with eight roses of the field barbed and seeded proper

Crest: On a wreath of the colors out of a crown palisado or a rocky mount, thereon an elephant statant proper, upon its back a port between two towers, the trappings or and charged with a rose as in the arms

Supporters: Two lions rampant, the dexter sable gorged with a wreath or and gules, the sinister gules gorged with a wreath or and azure, each supporting a staff or flying a forked pennon vert, the dexter charged with a shuttle in bend surmounted by a spindle in bend sinister or, the sinister with a hornet volant of the last

Motto: Supera moras (Overcome delays)