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Incorporated into : 1974 Malvern Hills

Arms (crest) of Malvern

Official blazon

Arms : Argent two Lions passant queue fourchée Gules on a Chief of the last a Cross patonce Or between two Fountains.
Crest : On a Wreath of the colours in front of a Pear Tree fructed proper a Stag lodged also proper.
Motto: 'LEVAVI OCULOS MEOS IN MONTES' - I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills


The arms were officially granted on October 2, 1951 to the Urban District Council, transferred to the Town Council by Order dated 30th October 1997.

The two red lions walking with forked tails are taken from the arms of the Earls Beauchamp. The cross is taken from the arms of the ancient See of Westminster, suppressed in 1540, and alludes to the mediaeval connections between the Priory of Great Malvern and Westminster Abbey, of which it was a cell. The two heraldic fountains flanking the cross indicate the Malvern waters.

The stag, in natural colours, represents Malvern Chase. The pear tree in fruit has been adopted from the arms of the Worcestershire CC , in which it recalls the traditional pear-tree re-planting ceremony at Worcester on a visit by Queen Elizabeth I.

The motto is from the Vulgate Psalm CXXI.

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