Coat of arms of Bradford

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The coat of arms of Bradford City Council

The Coat of arms of Bradford City Council was granted in 1976.[1] The present City of Bradford was created in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972 and is one of five metropolitan boroughs of West Yorkshire. The 1976 arms are based on those of its predecessor, the county borough of Bradford.

Symbolism[edit]

The red and blue "per pale" division of the shield, gold engrailed chevron and buglehorns were taken directly from the county borough's arms. The buglehorns refer to the service by which the manor of Bradford was granted by John of Gaunt to John Northrop of Manningham: upon the blowing of a horn on St Martin's day Manningham was to wait on John and his heirs and conduct them safely to Pontefract Castle. In the county borough's arms there were three horns: one has been replaced by a golden fleece. This is an emblem of the woollen industry and was found in the arms or devices of five urban districts included in the metropolitan borough in 1974. On the chevron is an heraldic fountain from the arms of borough of Keighley and Ilkley urban district. A bordure or border has been added to the shield, on which are placed eleven white roses, representing the eleven Yorkshire councils combined in 1974.

The crest features a boar's head without a tongue. This illustrates the legend of the boar of Cliffe Wood.

The supporters are a gold stag from the arms of the Cavendish family, associated with Keighley; and an angora goat, another emblem of the woollen industry.

The motto is Progress, Industry, Humanity.

Blazon[edit]

The formal description of the arms, or blazon, is:

For the arms: Per pale gules and azure on a chevron engrailed between in chief two hunting horns and in base a fleece Or a fountain all within a bordure gobony gules and argent in the gules eleven roses argent barbed and seeded proper; and for the crest: A mural crown per pale gules and azure thereon a boar's head couped at the neck sans tongue erased Or; and for the supporters: To the dexter a stag Or gorged with acollar azure charged with roses argent barbed and seeded proper and to the sinister an angora goat argent armed Or gorged with a collar gules charged with roses argent barbed and seeded proper, the whole upon a Compartment of rocky moorland proper. Badge: A mural crown per pale gules and azure thereon a rose argent barbed and seeded proper on the crown a boar's head couped at the neck sans tongue erased Or.

Sources[edit]

  • Aspects of Heraldry - Journal of the Yorkshire Heraldry Society, No.16, 2002
  • G. Briggs, Civic and Corporate Heraldry, London 1971
  • W. C. Scott-Giles, Civic Heraldry of England and Wales, 2nd edition, London, 1953
  • W. H. Fox-Talbot, The Book of Public Arms, London 1915

References[edit]

  1. ^ Letters Patent dated January 2, 1976