ARMS: Azure in chief two Garbs and in base a Cogwheel Or.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours a Lion passant guardant Or supporting with the dexter forepaw a Staff Gules the truck Gold flying therefrom a Banner Azure charged with a Cornucopia fessewise of the first the fruit proper.
SUPPORTERS: On the dexter side a Unicorn Ermine armed maned and unguled Or gorged with a Collar Gules pendent thereform by a Chain of the last an Escutcheon barry of six Argent and Azure and on the sinister side a Lion Or gorged with a Collar Gules pendent therefrom by a like Chain an Escutcheon quarterly Gules and Or in the first Quarter a Lion passant Argent.

Motto 'ALTRINCHAM EN AVANT' - Altrincham leads the way.
Granted 30th August 1937.

Incorporated into the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in 1974.

altrincham bc arms

The wheatsheaves and cogwheel refer to the agricultural and engineering industries, while the former are also County emblems.
The lion in the crest supports a banner symbolic of plenty, recalling the town's former motto, Pax et abuntantia.
The supporters stand for two great families of past and present importance in Altrincham's history. The unicorn is from the heraldry of the Earl of Stamford whose arms (for the family of Grey) hang from the collar. The lion, with the arms of Massey on its pendent shield, represents the old Barons of Dunham Massey, one of whom, Hamon de Massey, granted the town a charter in 1290.


ARMS: Per chevron Azure and Or in chief a Saltire couped Argent between two Garbs of the second and in base a Lymphad sail furled Sable flags flying to the dexter Gules.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours in front of a rising Sun Or a representation of the Bromborough Market Cross proper.

Motto 'CIVITATIS FORTUNA CIVES' - The fortune of the state depends on the citizens.
Granted 3rd January 1934, to the Bebington Urban District Council.

bebington bc arms

The wheatsheaves are County emblems and the ship is appropriate to a town with a frontage to the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. The saltire is the emblem of St Andrew to whom the parish church is dedicated.
Prominant among the town's industries are Lever Brothers Limited at Port Sunlight, to which reference is made by the rising sun.


ARMS: Quarterly Or and Argent on a Cross Gules between a Lion passant of the last in the first quarter an Oak Tree issuant from a Mount proper in the second an Estoile Azure in the third and two Lions passant in the fourth a Crosier in pale of the first and two Crescents in fesse of the second.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours upon a Rock proper in front of a Crosier erect Or a Lion Azure resting the dexter paw on an Anchor also Or.

Motto 'UBI FIDES IBI LUX ET ROBUR' - Where there is faith there is light and strength.
Granted 28th August 1878.

Picture and additional information thanks to Graham Walker.

birkenhead cbc arms

The principal emblems were taken from the seals of the several local governing bodies of the townships amalgamated to to form the Borough of Birkenhead. The crosier or pastoral staff and the lion formed part of the seal of the 'Extra-Parochial Chapelry or Township of Birkenhead', the lion was derived from the arms of the Massey family; Hamon de Massey having in 1150 , founded the Benedictine Monastery to which the crosiers refer. The oak tree was the main feature of the Tranmere Local Board, the star (or perhaps starfish) is representative of Bebington and the two lions of Oxton. The crescents possibly represent the Laird family, which did much for the devolpment of the town.
The motto seeks to bring out the two ideas of religious sentiment and the union of four townships.


ARMS: Per chevron arched Or and Vert in chief two Yew Trees eradicated proper and in base a Garb of the first on a Chief Gules a Lion passant Argent.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours a demi Unicorn Ermine armed unguled and tufted Or holding between the hooves a Bow proper.

Motto 'BEAU DON' - Splendid gift.
Granted 11th August 1945.

Incorporated into the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in 1974.

bowdon udcc arms

The arched or bowed chevron division of the shield represents the rounded hill from which the name Bowdon is derived. The yews recall the district's wooded areas, and represent the trees from which the famous Cheshire bowman made their bows, one of which appears in the crest. The sheaf is a well-known emblem of Cheshire and also represents agriculture. The white lion is from the heraldry of the Massey family.
The ermine unicorn is from the heraldry of the Earl of Stamford.
The motto, as well as, being a play on the name, alludes to the 'splendid gift'of the arms to the Council, by its then Chairman, and also the gift of Denzell House as a cultural centre, and to the opening of Dunham Park to the public by the Earl of Stamford.


ARMS: Sable on a Fesse dancetty of two points Argent another Gules between in chief two Bulls' Heads caboshed also Argent and in base an Eagle displayed Ermine on a Chief Azure a Garb between two Lozenges Or.
CREST: Out of a Mural Crown Gules an Oak Tree proper fructed of five Acorns Or pendent from the upper branches by a Riband Gules an Escutcheon Argent chared with a Fleur-de-Lys Azure.

Granted 20th December 1955.

cheadle and gatley udc arms

The red central W is from the arms of the de Chedle family, and the blue field represents Stockport Etchells. The white bulls' heads represent the Bukeley family and the ermine eagle is from the crest the Moseleys. The wheatsheaf refers to the Earls of Chester and to Cheshire sitting between two gold lozenges from the arms of the Stopford or Stokeport family.
The oak tree refers to the many trees of the area and the five golden acorns signify Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Gatley, Heald Green, and Adswood. The fleur-de-lys on the hanging shield signifies St Mary's Parish.


ARMS: Gules three Lions passant guardant in pale Or dimidiating Azure three Garbs Or.
CREST: On a Wreath Or Gules and azure a Sword erect hilt and pommel Or within a Sheath Sable encircled by a Sword Belt of the last both garnished Gold. Mantled on the dexter side Gules on the sinister side Azure both doubled Argent.
SUPPORTERS: On the dexter side a Lion Or gorged with an open Crown Argent and on the sinister side a Wolf Argent gorged with a like Crown Or.
BADGE: On a Roundel per pale Gules and Azure environed by a Wreath of Laurel Or a Wolf's Head Argent langued also Azure issuant from an Ancient Crown of Gold.

Motto 'ANTIQUI COLANT ANTIQUUM DIERUM' - Let the ancients worship the Ancient of Days.
Arms confirmed, crest and supporters granted 3rd September 1580. Badge granted 17th September 1959.

chester cbc arms
chester cbc badge

The arms were confirmed, and the crest and supporters granted by Letters Patent dated 3rd September 1580, though these arms may have been in use by the fourteenth century, as according to endorsements on the grant they were given by Edward III in 1329, and re-granted by Richard II in 1394.
The shield shows the Royal Arms of England joined with those of the old Earls of Chester by 'dimidiation'; rather more than half the lions is shown, and one wheatsheaf and a half.
The sword is stated in the grant to be 'the emblem of Majesty and Justice'. The crest is usually placed on a closed helm set affronté.
The golden lion is a royal emblem, and the wolf denotes Hugh Lupus, first Earl of Chester, who was so created in 1071.


ARMS: Sable on Water in base barry wavy Azure and Argent a Tun between two Conger Eels Argent a Lion statant guardant Or on the Tun.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours a demi Bear muzzled proper with Chain reflexed over the back and sup­porting a Garb Or.
SUPPORTERS: On the dexter side a Wolf Argent and on the sinister side a Lion Purpure armed and langued Or about the neck of each a Chain pendent therefrom two Keys in saltire Or.

Motto 'SIT TIBI SANCTA COHORS COMITUM' - To Thee be the band of comrades dedicated.
Granted 5th September 1967.

congleton bc arms
congleton unofficial arms
Former unofficial arms

The main part of the shield contains the very ancient "conger-tun" punning motif from a fifteenth century seal, with the royal lion standing on the tun. This was also used as the crest of the former unofficial arms. The water in the base refers to the River Dane.
The bear refers to the nickname of as the "Beartown" from an incident during Elizabethan times when bear baiting was a popular sport. Rumor has it that the Congleton town bear died before the annual Wakes (annual town summer holiday when all industry shut down), so the towns people decided that money set aside to buy a new town bible should be used to buy a new bear so that the celebrations would not spoil. This is recalled in the rhyme: "Congleton rare, Congleton rare, Sold the Bible to buy a Bear". The sheaf links to those in the arms of the Cheshire County Council.
The wolf is derived from the device of a wolf's head said to have been borne by Hugh Lupus, first Norman Earl of Chester. It is used widely in Cheshire as a symbol of the Earldom, which held Congleton. The purple lion is that of the de Lacys, who held Congleton from the 11th century and procured a market charter for Congleton. The chains and crossed keys refer to the ancient custon know as "St. Peter's Chains, or Bells". On the Feast of St. Peter ad vincula, at midnight, the chains were used. They consisted of three broad leathern belts, around which on the outside are a number of bells with rolling bullet clappers. Three acolytes with the belts slung over their shoulders, paraded the principal streets, the clanging chains (which represent those that bound the Apostle) calling the faithful to wake up and pray.


ARMS: Azure on a Chevron Argent seven Gouttes de Larmes between in chief two Garbs Or and in base a Crystal of Rock Salt proper.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours a Wolf's Head couped Argent gorged with a collar Azure pen­dent therefrom by a Ring Or an Escutcheon argent three Bendlets wavy Azure a Canton Ermine.

Motto 'RURA MIHI PLACENT' - Things of the countryside please me.
Granted 15th January 1951.

congleton rdc arms

The wheatsheaves are taken from the arms of the Cheshire CC and represent both the County and agriculture. The crystal of rock salt refers to the salt and chemical industries, and drops allude to the River Dane.
The wolf's head is the crest of the Wilbraham family, and the small shield hanging from the collar bears the Wilbraham arms, the blue wavy bends incidentally being a reminder of the water supply of the district initiated by a member of the family.
The motto is a quote from Horace.


ARMS: Ermine a Wheel having six spokes Or on a Chief wavy Azure a Maunch between two Wheat Sheaves of the second.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours a demi Lion rampant Argent armed and langued Gules holding between the forepaws a Golden Cogwheel.

Motto 'SEMPER CONTENDO' - Ever pressing forward.
Granted 18th March 1955.

crewe bc arms

The wheel is symbolic of the railway industry and its six spokes represent the six lines radiating from Crewe station, its golden colour emphasizes the prosperity brought to the town by this industry. The blue of the chief recalls the field colour of the County arms and also that of the Marquis of Crewe. On this are two of the golden wheat sheaves of Cheshire and also a maunch, this together with the field of ermine may be said to typify the clothing industry. Ermine was also used in the arms of Fouleshurst of Crewe, who won his spurs at the battle of Poictiers and was probably one of the earliest residents of Crewe mentioned as receiving battle honours. The wavy edge to the blue chief signifies flowing water and represents the Valley Brook or, as it used to be called, the River Waldron flowing across the old township of Monks Coppenhall whose boundaries enclosed the original Borough of Crewe and upon whose waters the railway industry formerly depended.
The crest is formed by the white lion of the Crewe family, with red claws and tongue holding a golden cog wheel which typifies the engineering industry.
The motto may be translated, "Ever pressing forward," in contrast with Crewe's former motto, "Never behind".


ARMS: Quarterly Azure and Argent a Cross pointed and voided quarterly of the last and Sable between in the first quarter a Raven close proper and the fourth a Garb both Or.
CREST: Out of a Crown palisado Or a cubit Arm vested Azure cuff Argent hand proper holding an Escutcheon of the second charged with a Sun in splendour of the first between two Ostrich Feathers of the third.

Granted 24th March 1900.

Incorporated into the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside in 1974.

Picture thanks to David Hale, NSW, Australia.

dukinfield bc arms

The arms and crest are based upon the arms of the Dukinfield family. The raven is know locally as a docken is a rebus and the wheatsheaf is from the arms of the County.
The palisado crown is a symbol of civic government, an alternative to the more familiar mural crown. The feathers are from the heraldry of the Princes of Wales, Earls of Chester.


ARMS: Gules on a Bar Argent a Barrulet Sable surmounted of a Pale also Argent thereon a Pallet Azure in the first quarter a Beaver in the second a Cornucopia inverted in the third a a Garb and in the fourth a Sickle all Or.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours on Water barry wavy a Lymphad sail set proper and charged with a Cogwheel Sable flags and pennon flying Gules.
SUPPORTERS: On the dexter side a Sea Horse and on the sinister side a Tabby Cat quardant both proper.
BADGE: On a Plate encircled by a Cable Or Water barry wavy in base thereon a Lymphad proper the sail set Argent charged with a Cogwheel Sable flags and pennon flying Gules.

Motto 'PROGREDIAMUR' - Let us go forward.
Arms, crest and supporters granted 6th October 1955. Badge granted 20th December 1963.

Picture thanks to David Hale, NSW, Australia.

ellesmere port bc arms
ellesmere port badge

The black horizontal line between silver borders symbolizes the oil pipes of the petroleum industry and the blue vertical line between similar borders represents the Manchester Ship Canal. The Beaver refers to industry and the wheatsheaf links to the traditional arms of the Earldom and County of Chester, while the cornucopia suggests prosperity.
The blue and white wavy lines symbolise the River Mersey, and the ancient ship denotes the Borough's status as a Port and its ancient maritime associations. The cogwheel is another symbolic reference to industry.
The Sea Horse is a further reference to the Borough's connection with the sea, while the symbolism of the tabby cat with its "Cheshire Grin" is self-evident.


ARMS: Vert two Golf Clubs in saltire heads downwards enfiled with an Ancient Crown Or between in chief a Fountain charged with an Anchour fouled Sable and in base a a Garb Gold two Flaunches barry wavy Argent and Azure.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours upon a Sandstone Rock an Oyster Catcher (Haematopus Ostralegus) rising proper.

Motto 'PRESPICE ET PROSPICE' - Look backward look forward.
Granted 1st November 1960.

hoylake udc arms

The shield, symbolises the District's position on the Wirral peninsula, with a green background between white and blue waves for the Mersey and Dee estuaries. The golf clubs and crown refer to the world famous Royal Liverpool Golf Links, founded in 1869. The anchor refers to the former importance of Hoylake as a port, in 1689 William of Orange sailed from here to Ireland to fight King James, culminating in the Battle of the Boyne. The sheaf links with the arms of the Cheshire CC.
The sandstone rock represents Hilbre Island and the Red Rocks and the oystercatcher is a bird seen in huge numbers on the Dee Estuary.


ARMS: Azure a Chevron nebuly Argent between three Lozenges Or on a Chief of the second a Flake erect surmounted by a Hatter's Bow in bend sinister between a Cog-wheel and two Miner's Picks in saltire therefrom suspended a Davy Lamp all proper.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours upon a Pack of Cotton Prints Azure banded and semée of Mascles Or a Sprig of the Cotton-tree slipped and fructed in bend sinister surmounted of a Shuttle furnished in bend proper.

Motto 'ONWARD'.
Granted 18th July 1882.

Incorporated into the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside in 1974.

Picture thanks to David Hale, NSW, Australia.

hyde bc arms

The lower part of the shield is derived from the arms of the local manorial family of Hyde, suitably difference by change of tincture and nebuly treatment of the chevron. The other emblems refer to local industries.


ARMS: Or a Stag rampant Sable holding between the fore-legs a Bugle-Horn Vert on a Chief of the last three Garbs Gold.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours a Cross crosslet fitchy Sable and two Bugle-Horns Or interlaced; Mantled Vert doubled Or.

Motto 'MEMOR RURIS DISCIPLINÆ CUSTOS' - The mindful guardian of the rural way of life.
Granted 12th April 1955.

macclesfield rdc arms

The main colours of gold and green may be taken as symbolising the agricultural wealth of the Rural District. The three sheaves are like those in the arms of the County Council. They also refer to the Earldom of Chester, and to the family of Cholmondeley, so long connected with the Manor and Forest of Macclesfield. The black Stag commemorates the Stanley family, and with the green hunting horn which it bears, also refers to the ancient Forest.
The black cross crosslet is taken from the arms of the Davenport family, with its long association with the district. The two interlacing gold horns are a further reference to the Forest. The initial letters of the motto, also preserve the intials of the Macclesfield Rural District Council.


ARMS: Or in front of an Abbot's Crozier erect issuant from the base Azure a Stag's Head caboshed Gules on a Chief of the second three Garbs Gold.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours upon a Red Sandstone Rock proper a Wyvern sejant Or charged on the shoulder with a Fountain and resting the dexter claw on a Covered Salt Argent garnished Gold.

Motto 'VALE SAPE' - Be strong, be wise.
Granted llth December 1953.

northwich rdc arms

The blue crozier represents Vale Royal Abbey and the deer's head the Delamere Forest, it is also a reminder of the family of Done, Hereditary Foresters of Delamere. The three gold sheaves link the area to the earldom and County Palatine of Chester, also suggest the Rural District, and occur in the arms of many local families - Grosvenor, Cholmondeley and Vernon.
At the base of the crest is the local red sandstone which lies above the salt beds. The wyvern, which occurs also in the Egerton arms, is a play on the name of the important River Weaver, as the monster's name was formerly spelt "wivre", as was that of the river. The heraldic fountain strengthens the allusion to the river and also symbolises the local meres. The chemical industry is also indicated, for this device, occurring in the Mond family arms, is said to form the basis of the well-known I.C.I. badge. The wyvern rests a claw on one of the salt vessels from the arms of the Salters' Company, and this completes the reference to the local industries.
The motto is partly a play on the name of Vale Royal, and partly a further reference to the salt industry, for the Salters' motto is "Sal sapit omnia". It also alludes to the motto of the Brunner family "Bibe si sapis".

See Northwich Town Council.


ARMS: Or on a Base barry wavy of four Azure and Argent a Lymphad proper flying Flags and Pennon of St. George and the sail also Azure charged with a Garb Gold on a Chief Gules two Flaying Knives in saltire proper handles Or between as many Fountains.
CREST: Out of a Mural Crown Gules a demi-Lion Sable crowned with an Ancient Crown and supporting an Abbot's Crozier Or pendant therefrom by the guige an Escutcheon also Gules charged with four Fusils conjoined in pale each fesswise Or.

Motto 'NAVEM MERCIBUS IMPLERE' - Fill the ships with goods.
Granted 30th October 1956.

runcorn udc arms

The gold background represents prosperity and commerce, with a base of four blue and white waves for the four waterways which have played so great a part in the life of the town at different times - the Mersey, the Bridgewater Canal, Manchester Ship Canal and Weaver Navigation. The ship upon the waves was suggested by the former device of the Council, which flies the ancient flag of England and has a wheatsheaf from the arms of the Cheshire CC, which also appears in the arms of the Cholmondeley Earls of Rocksavage. The red chief suggests other important industries - the old sandstone quanying industry and the fires of modern engineering plants. The two ancient flaying-knives, the symbol of St. Bartholomew, the patron saint of tanners, represent the leather industry and stand between two heraldic fountains signifying water, chemicals, brine and wells. The red chief stretching over the ship also suggests Runcorn's bridges.
The main colours of the mantling, blue and gold, are the Cheshire liveries and the red mural crown represents Runcorn Castle. The black lion is from the arms of the famous Savage family of Clifton and Rock Savage and is supporting a crozier for Norton Priory, from which hangs a shield of the arms of William Fitznigel, Baron of Halton in Norman times. The crown worn by the lion indicates the reversion to the Crown of the ancient Barony of Halton.
The motto is a classical quotation from Juvenal.


ARMS: Azure on a Pile Argent between two Garbs Or three Lozenges Sable.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours upon the Battlements of a Tower Argent a Moorcock Sable combed a wattled Gules beaked and legged Or.
SUPPORTERS: On the dexter side a Unicorn Argent armed and unguled Or maned and tufted Azure and on the sinister side a Badger proper each gorged with a Wreath of Sallow Twigs also proper.

Motto 'SALUS ET FELICITAS' - Health and happiness.
Arms and crest granted to Urban District Council 23rd September 1920. Supporters granted to the Borough 15th August 1945.

Incorporated into the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in 1974.

Picture thanks to David Hale, NSW, Australia.

sale bc arms

The wheatsheaves are from the arms of the Cheshire County Council, and the lozenges are from the arms of the Massey family of Sale.
The moorcock refers to the district of Sale Moor.
The unicorn, suggested by the unicorn's head crest of the Carrington family, represents the Ashton-on-Mersey district of Sale, and the badger, or brock, is a punning allusion to Brooklands. The sallow twigs, and the first word of the motto, refer to the name of the Borough.


ARMS: Argent a Chevron engrailed Gules between two Crosses pointed voided in chief Sable and a Mullet in base also Sable pierced of the field with two Flaunches Azure each charged with a Cinquefoil of the field.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours a Garb Or in front thereof a Wolf statant Argent.

Motto 'ABSQUE LABORE NIHIL' - Nothing without labour.
Granted 18th June 1857.

Incorporated into the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside in 1974.

stalybridge bc arms

The red chevron on silver is from the arms of the Staveley family, who anciently held the manor and from whom the town derives its name. The pointed crosses are from the arms of the Dukinfield family and the spur-rowel from that of Assheton. Both these families held land in Stalybridge and in the eighteenth century the heiress of the Dukinfields married into the Astley family, from whose arms the cinquefoils are taken.
The wolf and wheatsheaf represent the Earldom of Chester.


ARMS: Or on Waves of the Sea a three-masted Ship in full sail proper on a Chief Azure to the dexter three Garbs two and one of the first and to the sinister a Bugle-Horn proper stringed and garnished Gold.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours a Dolphin head downwards proper entwining a Trident erect Or; Mantling Or and Azure.

Motto 'AUDEMUS DUM CAVEMUS' - We are bold whilst we are cautious.
Granted 8th September 1910.

wallasey cbc arms

The Ancient Ship is taken as indicative of Wallasey's former importance in the shipping world, as in the Middle Ages she was a serious rival to Liverpool if not her superior in this respect. The three garbs or wheat sheaves on a blue field, are from the arms of the Earldom of Chester, taken on account of the position of Wallasey in the County, which position is more particularly indicated by the adoption of the bugle-horn. This represents the Horn of Wirral, indicating tenure by cornage, by which service the Lords of Wirral held the hundred, a form of feudal tenure which required the tenant to blow a horn giving notice of raids by the enemy. The Horn of Wirral is still in existence.
The dolphin and trident were adopted as being suitable for a maritime borough of the character of Wallasey.
The motto was thought to be especially appropriate to Wallasey, whose administrators have never shirked any bold policy, whilst at the same time they have carefully considered all the consequences before embarking upon their varied undertakings.


ARMS: Argent on a Bend between two Bendlets wavy Azure three Garbs Or.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours issuant from an Antique Crown Or enfiled round the base with a Wreath of Cotton proper a Bear's Head sable muzzled Gules charged on the neck with an Estoile Argent.

Motto 'NOBIS HABITATIO FELIX' - A happy dwelling place for us.
Granted 21st June 1951.

Picture thanks to David Hale, NSW, Australia.

wilmslow udc arms

The arms are based on those of the old family of Fitton - Argent on a Bend Azure three Garbs Or (derived from those of the Earldom of Chester). The wavy bends were added for difference and also allude to the rivers Bollin and Dean.
The bear's head is derived from the heraldry of the Beretons and the silver estoile is from the Handforth arms, a reference to the families that held the Manor of Handforth. The crown is from the insignia of the Greg family, who operated the earliest cotton mills at Styal, refered to by the wreath of cotton.

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