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Hillingdon's coat of arms
Hillingdon's coat of arms includes features from the coats of arms of the four councils that amalgamated to form the borough. Hover over each part of the crest and a description will appear.
- The four civic crowns across the top of the
shield represent the linking of Uxbridge, Hayes & Harlington,
Ruislip-Northwood and Yiewsley & West Drayton.
- The eagle is from the arms of the Paget family.
The first Lord Paget was given the Manor of West Drayton by Henry
VIII and the seventh Lord was created earl of Uxbridge in 1714. The
bird is also the heraldic symbol of flight and is a reference to
RAF Uxbridge, RAF Northolt and Heathrow Airport.
- The cog wheel indicates Hillingdon's
- The fleur-de-lys represents the lily of St Mary.
She is one of the saints to whom the previous holders of the Manor
of Ruislip (the Abbey of Bec in Normandy and King's College
Cambridge) were dedicated.
- The red lion signifies the British national
- The Cross of St. George symbolises the arrival
of HM The Queen at Heathrow Airport where she first set foot on
British soil following her accession.
- Tudor Rose symbolises the arrival of HM The
Queen at Heathrow Airport where she first set foot on British soil
following her accession.
- The heraldic tiger symbolises the arrival of HM
The Queen at Heathrow Airport where she first set foot on British
soil following her accession.
- The five pointed star represents the North Star,
and is taken from Ruislip-Northwood's coat of arms where it
appeared over a group of trees as a punning reference to Northwood.
The North Star's use in visual navigation is also another reference
to the borough's airports.
- The circlet of brushwood underneath the lion
refers to the name Hayes that comes from the Anglo Saxon word
'Haese', meaning brushwood or rough open country.
- The astral crown around the neck of the tiger
signifies Uxbridge's connection with the RAF.
- The stag with its circlet of brushwood
represents the wild animals and undergrowth once found in the
- The ears of rye with their short cut or
'slipped' stalks are a punning reference to Ruislip.
- The motto 'Forward' was chosen by the council
and was the motto of the former Hayes & Harlington Urban
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22 Oct 2012 at 09:43