BRIERLEY HILL URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

*ARMS: Or on a Pale Gules between two Beacons Sable fired proper two Fountains on a Chief also Gules between two Boar's Heads couped a Roundel Or charged with a Rose Gules barbed seeded stalked and leaved proper.
*CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours within and pendent from a Circle of Chain an Anchor Sable the stock enfiled by a Stafford Knot Gold.

Motto 'SINE LABORE NIHIL FLORET' - Without labour nothing flourishes.
Granted 19th June 1942.

Picture thanks to David Hale, NSW, Australia.

brierley hill udc arms

The boar's heads and heraldic fountains refer to the ancient Manor of King's Swineford (Kingswinford) and the briar rose plays on the name of the Urban District. The beacons refer to the town's pricipal industries - glass, fireclay, iron and steel.
The emblems in the crest refer to the manufacture of those items and the knot refers to the County.


CANNOCK URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

ARMS: Barry of eight Vert and Sable a Stag's Head caboshed between in chief an Ancient Crown of Fleurs-de-Lis Or and in base a Cross potent quadrate Argent.
CREST: Out of a Circlet Vert issuant from Flames an Oak Tree fructed proper the trunk enfiled with a Stafford Knot Or.

Motto 'LABOR IN VENATU' - Work in the Chase.
Granted 20th February 1951.

Picture thanks to David Hale, NSW, Australia.

cannock udc arms

The green and black bars indicate the coal seams beneath Cannock Chase and the stag's head and crown recalls the old Royal Forest. The cross, of the form, associated with St. Chad, is from the arms of the Bishoprics of Lichfield and Coventry. The Bishops of the then united See purchased the Manor of Cannock from Richard I, and enjoyed many privileges in the Chase.
The green circlet represents Castle Ring, an Iron Age earthwork, and the flames allude to the industies of the area. They also represent in conjunction with the oak tree, the destruction of the forest for smelting before the discovery of the coal seams.
The motto, a quotation from Horace, meant in its original context "exertion in the hunt", but is equally well translated as "Work in the Chase", which sums up Cannock's activities as an important industrial town in a former Royal Forest and Chase.


COSELEY URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

*ARMS: Chequy Or and Azure a Chevron Gules charged with a Stafford Knot Or on a Chief Sable three Cressets of the first fired proper.
*CREST: Within a Palisado Crown Or a Mount Vert thereon a representation of Sedgley Beacon Tower proper; Mantled Azure doubled Or.

Motto 'FELLOWSHIP IS LIFE'.
Granted 2nd May 1951.

Picture thanks to David Hale, NSW, Australia.

coseley udc arms

The chequers are from the arms of the Ward family, who held the Manor, and the red chevron and Stafford knot are from the arms of the Staffordshire CC. The black chief alludes to the industry of the Black Country with special reference to mineral workings and tarmacadam, and the cressets represent blast furnaces.
Sedgely beacon-tower, which forms the crest, is a familiar landmark owned by the Council.


NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME BOROUGH COUNCIL (former)

ARMS: Or on a Base barry wavy of four Argent and Azure charged with three Fishes naiant proper a Castle of three Towers Gules on a Chief Azure a Lion passant guardant between two Fleurs-de-Lis of the first.
CREST: On a Wreath Or and Gules a demi Lion queue fourchée Argent charged on the shoulder with a Stafford Knot Gules and supporting a Staff proper flying therefrom a Banner Azure charged with three Garbs Or.
SUPPORTERS: On either side a Lion guardant Sable supporting a Scythe proper.

Motto 'PRISCA CONSTANTIA' - Ancient and loyal.
Granted 21st December 1951.

Picture thanks to David Hale, NSW, Australia.

newcastle under lyme fbc arms

The design incorporates many features from the Common Seal. The red castle replaces the depiction of the Guildhall and can also be seen as representing the 'new castle' built in the twelth century by the Earls of Chester. The waves and fishes also from the Common Seal are retained. The lion and fleurs-de-lis are from the arms of the Duchy of Lancaster.
The lion with the forked tail represent Simon de Montfort and the banner is that of the Earls of Chester. The red Stafford knot is a reference to the County.
The black lions with scythes over their shoulders are from the heraldry of the Sneyd family. The scythe or 'sned' (a pun on their name) is also a charge in the arms of the then new University College of North Staffordshire which was domicled at Keele Hall, a former Sneyd residence.
The motto has been associated with the Borough for very many years.


ROWLEY REGIS BOROUGH COUNCIL

*ARMS: Gules on a Pale Ermine between two Lions' Faces Or a Human Leg couped at the thigh a Chief Azure charged with a Lion passant Or.
*CREST: On a Wreath Argent and Gules a Castle of three Towers Or issuant from the battlements a demi Lion queue forchée Vert holding between the paws an Anchor and charged on the shoulder with a Fleur-de-Lis Or.
*SUPPORTERS: On the dexter side in front of an Anvil a Man habited as a Smith holding in the dexter hand a Hammer and on the sinister side a Man habited as a Miner holding in the sinister hand a Pick resting on his shoulder and a Safety Lamp hanging around his neck.

Motto 'LOYAL AND INDUSTRIOUS'.
Granted 20th September 1933.

Picture thanks to David Hale, NSW, Australia.

rowley regis bc arms

The lions' faces indicate that Rowley Regis was formerly part of the royal domain, also indicated by the last part of its name. The ermine pale is from the arms of the Ward family, to which belongs the present Earl of Dudley. The leg and lion passant are from the heraldry of the Haden and Somery families respectively.
The fork tailed lion is from the arms of Sutton, Lord Dudley, to whom the Manor was granted in the sixteenth century and the fleur-de-lis stands for Halesowen Priory.
The supporters and anchor refer to local industries.


SEISDON RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL

ARMS: Argent fretty Gules cloué Or a Bordure Vert charged with twelve Stafford Knots Gold.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours issuant from Flames proper a demi Unicorn Argent armed crined tufted and unguled Or supporting a Roman Sword point downwards also proper hilt and pomel Gold.

Motto 'HONESTE PROGREDIEMUR CONANDO' - Let us progress by honest endeavour.
Granted 5th September 1952.

seisdon rdc arms

The fretty design is from the arms of the de Tressells, or Trussels, former Lords of the Manor, while the gold roundels represent the old nail-making industry of the district. The Stafford knots link the arms with the County, and their number corresponds with the twelve parishes in the Rural District.
The unicorn is from the heraldry of the Wrottesleys and Greys. The flames refer to the old iron and smelting industry, and the sword alludes to the alleged Roman camp at Kinver.


SMETHWICK COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

ARMS: Or a Club in bend sinister surmounted by a Caduceus in bend dexter both proper on a Chief Azure a Beacon fired between two Symbols of the Planet Mars of the field.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours a demi Lion Gules charged on the shoulder with a Stafford Knot Or and holding in the paws an Arrow erect point downwards proper.

Motto 'LABORE ET INGENIO' - By industry and ingenuity.
Granted 15th November 1907.

The achievement is derived from the heraldry of the pioneers of those industries which have made the name of Smethwick universally known. The caduceus of Mercury, god of commerce and the emblem of Mars are for the iron and steel industry. The club is from the arms of James Watt and the flaming beacon indicates the part William Murdoch took in introducing gas lighting.
The demi-lion is from the crest of Sir James Timmins Chance and the arrow occurs in the crest of Matthew Boulton. The Stafford knot on its shoulder refers to Smethwick's connection with the County.
The motto is that of James Watt reversed.


STAFFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL (former)

ARMS: Gules a quadrangular Castle in perspective the four towers domed Argent and each surmounted by a Pennon Or between in chief two Stafford Knots and in base a Lion passant guardant of the last.
BADGE: A domed Tower Argent ensigned with a Staff flying a Pennon Or within a Circlet composed of Stafford Knots conjoined Or.

Arms recorded at the Visitation of 1614, certified circa 1953. Badge granted 20th June 1962.

stafford bc arms

Stafford formerly had two castles, one belonging to the King, and the other to the Earls of Stafford. The royal castle, built by William the Conqueror, was held for the King by Robert de Stafford, ancestor of the first Earl of Stafford, who in 1348 built the second castle outside the town. Both castles no longer exist. The royal and feudal elements in Stafford's history a represented by the lion and Stafford knots. The arms carry on the motif of a thirteenth century seal bearing a castle between four lions.


TETTENHALL URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

*ARMS: Vert on a Chevron engrailed between three Oak Trees eradicated Or as many Fountains.
*CREST: On a Wreath Or and Vert upon a Mount of the last in front of two Battle-Axes in saltire Gules a Windmill Argent.

Motto 'RESPICE ASPICE PROSPICE' - Look to the past, the present and the future.
Granted 29th September 1938.

Picture thanks to David Hale, NSW, Australia.

tettenhall udc arms

The trees refer to the three royal forests of Kinver, Brewood and Cannock, which met at Tettenhall. The heraldic fountains represent the watershed and streams of the district, flowing into two oceans.
The windmill, representing structures once common in the area, stands for its windy and healthly heights. The axes refer to the battle of Tettenhall in 910, when King Edward the Elder defeated the Danes.



WILLENHALL URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

*ARMS: Per chevron Gules and Azure in chief two Padlocks Or and in base a Female Figure representing Justice proper seated and facing to the sinister habited Argent holding in the dexter hand a Sword proper pommel and hilt Or point downwards and in the sinister hand a Balance all between two Flaunches Or each charged with a Key Gules wards downwards and inwards.
CREST: On a Wreath Or and Azure in front of a demi Tiger Gules holding between the paws a Stafford Knot two Keys in saltire wards upwards Or.

Motto 'SALUS POPULI SUPREMA LEX' - The wellfare of the people is the highest law.
Granted 10th April 1935.

Motto not shown, and some colours incorrect.

willenhal udc arms

The keys and locks stand for the town's principal and historic industry. The figure of Justice represents the ideal of a local govermnent authority.
The lion and Stafford knot are from the arms of the County Council.


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