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Armorial Bearings of Stockport

Stockport Coat of Arms

The Armorial Bearings were granted to the Council on 5th December 1932, to which supporting lions were added in February 1960. The arms are described as follows :
"Azure semee of Cross three Lozenges Or, a Bordure of the last charged with three Garbs and as many double-headed Eagles displayed alternately of the first, And for the Crest Issuant from a Mural Crown Or, a Mount Vert thereon a Castle with Two Towers proper. On either side a Lion Argent that to the dexter gorged with a Collary Vairy Or and Gules pendent therefrom by a Chain Gold a Plate charged with a Rose Gules barbed and seeded proper that to the sinister likewise Collared and pendent from the Collar by a like chain a Hurt charged with a Garb also Gold".

Explanation of the Arms of Stockport

The bearings may be explained thus:
A blue shield covered with golden cross crosslets and on which there are three golden lozenges - diamond shapes. (This was the shield of arms of the De Stokeport family, from whom the town name derives). Around the shield, a golden border on which there are alternately placed three wheatsheaves and three double-headed eagles in blue. (The wheatsheaves are from the arms of the Earl of Chester and the double-headed eagles from the arms of the De Eaton family). As a crest there is a golden crown in the form of a wall, on which there stands a green mound surmounted by a twin-towered castle in natural colours. The shield is supported on either side by a lion rampant (from the arms of the De Warren family who were Lords of the Manor from 1370 to 1826). Each lion wears a collar of Vairy Or and Gules (gold and red - a reference to the Ferrers Family - the Earls of Derby). From the collar of one lion hangs a silver roundel or plate bearing the Red Rose of Lancaster, and from the other a blue roundel with the gold Garb of the Earldom of Chester. The motto "Animo et Fide" can be translated as "With Courage and Faith".

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