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English: The portcullis design is recorded as the work of Charles Barry in 1834 and is used on many Royal commissions such as on the Great Bell ("Big Ben").

As well as wide use of the portcullis design with varied supporting emblems, this specific version with the crown has been used by HM Customs and Excise "for some centuries."

There was a formal grant to both Houses of Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996. A grant for official use is not a claim of copyright. It is not possible to retrospectively claim copyright of an emblem or logo where publication and usage dates back more than two centuries.

This information is based on House of Commons Information Office paper "The Portcullis", published in 2010.
Date 15 March 2014, 11:24:36
Source Original versions can be found published at and on correspondence from both the House of Lords and House of Commons.
Author Charles Barry
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  • 2012-12-19 01:01 Peeperman 460×550× (11371 bytes) merge the divined portcullis an divined crown
  • 2009-05-27 10:01 Tom Edwards 460×550× (6215 bytes) Further tweaks


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current08:47, 2 July 2019Thumbnail for version as of 08:47, 2 July 2019460 × 550 (6 KB)YourGloriousLeaderMinified version visually identical
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