Malmesbury

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MALMESBURY (borough council)

Incorporated into : 1974 North Wiltshire (2009 Wiltshire)

Arms (crest) of Malmesbury

Official blazon

Per saltire argent and gules, a cross bottonnée between in chief a Saxon crown and in base an orb Or; on a chief sable a lion passant between a mitre and a crosier erect of the third.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on June 7, 1950.

The cross, crown and orb refer to King Æthelstan, from whom Malmesbury received a charter in 924. The mitre, lion and crozier are from the insignia of Malmesbury Abbey, a religious house dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. It was one of the few English houses with a continuous history from the 7th century through to the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Coat of arms (crest) of Malmesbury

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

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