HEREFORD AND WORCESTER COUNTY COUNCIL

ARMS: Gules a Fess wavy Argent charged with a Bar wavy Azure between in chief three Bezants on each a Pear Sable and in base a Herefordshire Bull's Head caboshed proper.
CREST: Statant upon a Mural Crown a bi-corporate Lion Or holding a Pear Sable; Mantled Gules doubled Argent.
SUPPORTERS: On a Compartment per pale a Ploughed Field and a Grassy Mount proper to the dexter a Talbot Argent gorged with a Collar Or charged with Apples proper to the sinister a Lion guardant Or gorged with a Wreath of Hops fructed proper.

Granted 26th June 1978.

The County of Hereford and Worcester was formed in 1974 from the City of Worcester, the County of Herefordshire and the majority of the County of Worcestershire. It was abolished in 1996.

hereford and worcester cc arms

The black pears upon bezants against a red background were taken from the arms of the Worcestershire County Council. These might be taken as an allusion to the social, intellectual and material wealth of the area. The white and blue wavy lines represent the rivers Severn and Wye. The bull's head was taken from the arms of the Herefordshire County Council.
The mural crown is a common civic emblem and the bi-corporate lion represents the union of the two former counties. The pear echoes those in the shield.
The talbot and lion are derived from the former Herefordshire supporters. The apples and hops together with the compartment comprising a ploughed field and grassy area may be taken as an allusion to the general agricultural nature of the area.


LEOMINSTER DISTRICT COUNCIL

ARMS: Barry wavy often Vert and Argent on a Chevron Gules between in chief two Hereford Bulls' Heads and in base a Ryeland Sheep's Head all caboshed a Pear between two Hop Cones tops downwards all between two Apples Or.
CREST: On a Wreath Argent and Gules, In front of a Castle of three towers proper two Crosiers in saltire Or and in front of these a closed Book Gules garnished Or.
BADGE: In front of two Crosiers in saltire a Hereford Bull's Head caboshed environed of a Garland of Hop Leaves all Or.

Motto 'JUSTITIA ET VIRTUTE' - By justice and virtue.
Granted 2nd May 1978.

The Leominster District was formed by the amalgamation of the Borough of Leominster, the Kington Urban District, the Kington Rural District, the Leominster and Wigmore Rural District, the Tenbury Rural District and the Weobley Rural District.

leominster dc arms
leominster badge
Badge

The background of ten alternatively green and white waves represents the District's five main rivers Arrow, Clun, Lugg, Teme and Wye traversing its fields and woodlands. The two Hereford bulls' faces are derived from the arms of Herefordshire County Council, the Borough of Leominster and the device of Leominster and Wigmore RDC and allude to the important cattle-breeding activities of this district, where the development of the Hereford breed has largely centred on Weobley and Bodenham. The face of a Ryeland sheep is taken from the device of Leominster and Wigmore RDC, in reference to the wool industry so important to the area, and remembered in the lamb in the Leominster shield and the fleece in the County crest. The red chevron suggests the Herefordshire earth, on which are two apples, two hopcones and a pear, representing the characteristic local fruit and hop growing activities. These emblems are derived from the arms of Herefordshire and Leominster and the devices of Leominster and Wigmore RDC and Tenbury RDC.
The red and white of the wreath and mantling are the heraldic liveries of Viscount Hereford, premier Viscount of England, seated at Hampton Court in the district. The castle denotes the many mediaeval castles and strongholds reflecting the strategic importance of this Border country, notably at Eardisland, Kinnersley, Weobley, Leominster, Brampton Bryan, Croft, Richard's Castle, Wigmore and Kington. The two golden crosiers represent the monastic foundations at Leominster and Wigmore, and the book represents the "Llyfr Coch" or Red Book of Hergest, one of the most important works of Celtic literature, formerly in the possession of the Vaughans of Hergest Court, Kington.
The badge refers to the produce and history of the area by combining a Hereford Bull's face, a garland of hop-leaves and two crosiers, all in gold.
The motto is derived from that of the former Borough of Leominster (Where Justice Rules, There Virtue Flows). It also links with the motto of the Viscounts Hereford: "Virtutis comes invidia".


SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL

ARMS: Vert a Pall Argent in chief a Leopard's Face jessant de Lys Gold.
CREST: On a Wreath Or and Vert, a demi Figure representing Demeter affronty proper crined and wreath about the temples with Ears of Corn habited in a flowing sleeveless Gown Gold holding aloft in her dexter hand three Ears of Corn between two Poppies slipped proper and with the sinister hand grasping to her front a Serpent undulating head to the dexter Vert; Mantled Vert doubled Or.
BADGE: A Leopard's Face jessant de Lys Or within a Garland of Corn and Poppies proper tied at the base with a Ribbon Vert.

Motto 'FIDELIS SAPIENS JUSTUS' - Honest, thoughful, just.
Granted 29th February 1988.

The South Herefordshire District was formed by the amalgamation of the Ross-on-Wye Urban District, the Dore and Bredwardine Rural District, the Hereford Rural District and the Ross and Whitchurch Rural District.

south herefordshire dc arms

The green background symbolises the pastoral nature of much of the district, and the pallium or pall, with is its letter Y shape, can be seen as an allusion to the River Wye. It has also been suggested that perhaps it could refer to Symonds Yat. It is coloured silver to suggest the surface of the water. The pallium also occurs in some ecclesiastical arms and can therefore be seen as a reference to the Diocese of Hereford. The fleur de lys and leopard's head device is from the arms of the Diocese, where it is reversed. It is derived from the arms of St. Thomas de Cantilupe, Bishop of Hereford from 1275 to 1282. The device also appeared twice in the arms of the Ross-on-Wye UDC, and here has been placed between the arms of the pallium to suggest the way in which the District of South Herefordshire encloses Hereford City and the Cathedral.
The figure in the crest represents Demeter, a Greek Goddess, sister to Zeus. It has been suggested that it was Demeter depicted in the badge of the Ross and Whitchurch RDC. She is the Greek Goddess of Agriculture and is seen with representations of corn and poppies, and she is also usually accompanied by a serpent. She symbolises, like the green shield, the pastoral nature of the district.


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