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MALDON

Additions: 1974 Burnham-on-Crouch UDC, Maldon (Borough), Maldon RDC,

Coat of arms (crest) of Maldon

Official blazon

Arms : Per saltire wavy Azure and Vert a Saltire wavy Argent between a Lion passant guardant in chief two Garbs in fess and a Ship's Wheel in base all Gold.
Crest : On a Wreath Or and Vert upon Water barry wavy Argent and Azure charged with a Fleur-de-Lys Or an Essex Sailing Barge proper; mantled Vert and Azure doubled Argent.
Supporters : On the dexter side an Anglo-Saxon Warrior holding in his dexter hand a Sword point downwards and the sinister side a Yachtsman habited in a Sailing Smock and wearing a Peaked Cap all proper upon a Compartment composed of a grassy Mound also proper divided by Water barry wavy Argent and Azure.
Motto: 'VISION COURAGE INTEGRITY'

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on February 28, 1978.

The arms are made up from elements of the former councils that merged to Maldon DC. The lion represents the former 'Borough of Maldon' and its Royal Charter Arms which contains the three Plantagenet Lions of Henry II. The corn represents the former 'Maldon Rural District' and its strong farming traditions. The wheel represents the former Urban District of Burnham-on-Crouch and its main activity of sailing for which it has a national reputation.

The barge on the crest symbolises the traditional East Coast sailing barge, a symbol of trading on the River Blackwater in earlier days. The fleur de lys shown on the crest are taken from the arms of Henry II who granted Maldon's first Royal Charter in 1171. The warrior supporter represents the strong Saxon heritage and the Battle of Maldon. The sailor symbolises the maritime heritage and fine sailing havens on the Blackwater and Crouch rivers.

Coat of arms (crest) of Maldon

The arms on an 18th century token
Coat of arms (crest) of Maldon

The arms as used on a JaJa postcard +/- 1905

The arms in the town :

Coat of arms (crest) of Maldon

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Literature: Information taken from the Maldon website