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The Elmbridge Borough Council Crest of Arms

Picture of Elmbridge Coat of Arms

What does the Crest of Arms mean?

The shield concentrates on the theme of Elmbridge in Surrey, composed of two authorities. It is divided by an inverted V, suggested by the d'Abernon chevron in the Esher arms, into blue and gold - the livery colours of the de Warenne Earls of Surrey, Surrey County Council, and both the constituent Councils, Walton & Weybridge Urban District Council and Esher Urban District Council. On the blue portions are two white sprigs of oak, depicted very much as they are in the Surrey Council arms, signifying two Surrey authorities. On the gold portion is the main content of the shield, an elm on a bridge over water, epitomising the Borough's name. This is the name of the ancient Hundred of Elmbridge which covered a large area of this part of Surrey. [The Hundred of Elmbridge is also represented by an elm tree in the arms of the former Borough of Surbiton, now incorporated in Kingston-upon-Thames].

The bridge is not intended for any particular one of those in the Borough; it has two arches symbolising the union of two authorities and stands over four waves representing the rivers Thames, Mole, Wey and Ember, alternately blue and white.

Above the shield is the closed helm proper to civic arms, with its twisted crest-wreath and mantling in the basic colours of the shield, blue and gold. On the wreath stands the crest. At the base is the gold Saxon crown from the crest of Walton and Weybridge, recalling the Saxon Hundred of Elmbridge, whose Moot was held at the bridge over the Mole. In the crown is a mould representing Esher Common, on which stands the white griffin from the Esher arms, derived from the arms of Evelyn of Wotton, Cardinal Wolsey and Reed of Oatlands. He holds aloft a forked pennon showing on a blue field a nine pointed star symbolising the union of nine civil parishes in the Borough. The star is gold, harmonising with the basic colour scheme.

The Supporters combine the white eagle from the Esher shield and the red one from that of Walton and Weybridge. In the former, it is taken from the arms of Merton Priory, large land-owners in Molesey for four centuries; in the latter it is a reference to the Roman associations of the area and in particular to Caesar's Camp and the legendary attempt of Caesar to cross the Thames at Cowey Stakes.

These eagles are shown perched on sprigs of elm, each with two leaves for the two areas of Elmbridge, and in the beak of each is the Tudor rose from the Walton and Weybridge arms, a reference to many links with that era, including Oatlands, Ashley Park and Wayneflete Tower.

The Badge of office usually worn by the Mayor, is a separate emblem, usually related to the arms, but not placed on a shield. The badge of Surrey County Council, for example, is a disc parted blue and black, like the shield and combining King Edward's crown and the acorn badge, also from the shield. It has many special uses, including that of an Elmbridge community emblem in this case, which can be displayed by local organisations, whereas the arms are the exclusive property of the Council. Elmbridge's badge is a simple oval of gold and enamel with the Elmbridge motif from the shield.

Motto : "Dum Defluant Amnes" : "Till the rivers cease to flow".


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