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MANSFIELD

District Council

Additions: Mansfield Borough, Mansfield Woodhouse UDC, Warsop UDC

Arms (crest) of Mansfield

Official blazon

Arms : Quarterly Or and Azure in dexter chief and in sinister chief a Roman Helmet proper lined Gules and in base the Attires of a Stag conjoined at their burrs proper over all a Cross flory per cross counterchanged of the Field.
Crest : On a Wreath Or and Azure on a Mount Vert an Oak Tree proper between two Lions rampant combatant Or armed and langued Gules the dexter lion supporting by its sinister paw a Pickaxe passing behind the tree in bend the Haft Or the sinister lion supporting by its sinister paw a Pickaxe passing in front of the tree in bend sinister its Haft also Or and the blades of both sable resting upon the ground; Mantled Azure doubled Or.
Supporters : On the dexter side a Stag per fesse Verte and Or semée of Oak Leaves counterchanged attired and unguled Gold langued Gules and gorged with a Duke's Coronet Or and on the sinister side a Lion per fesse Verte and Or semée of Oak Leaves counterchanged armed and langued Gules and gorged with a Duke's Coronet Gold.
Motto: 'SICUT QUERCUS VIRESCIT INDUSTRIA' - Industry flourishes like the oak.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on June 10, 1987.

The cross is taken from the former arms of the Borough of Mansfield. The helmets are taken from the arms of Mansfield Woodhouse. The deer antlers symbolise the deer in the Sherwood Forest in the district.

The crest shows a Sherwood forest oak tree taken from the crest of Mansfield Borough. The original crosses at the base of the tree are replaced by pick axes as symbols for the mining industry. The two lions are taken from the arms of Warsop.

The supporters are a stag on the right and a lion on the left of the shield. The stag symbolises again the Sherwood Forest, which is further symbolised by the oak leaves on both supporters. Both supporters wear a ducal crown around the neck, which symbolises the unofficial term Dukeries associated with the area.

The motto is taken from the old arms of Mansfield and means "Industry flourishes as the oak".

Borough

Arms (crest) of Mansfield

Official blazon

Arms : Quarterly Sable and Azure a Cross flory Or between in the first and fourth quarters a Stag's Head caboshed Argent attired of the third and in the second and third a Cotton Hank of the fourth.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours in front of an Oak Tree proper two Cross crosslets fitche saltirewise Argent and between as many Mullets Or.
Motto: 'SICUT QUERCUS VIRESCIT INDUSTRIA' - Industry flourishes like the oak.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on February 9, 1892.

The cross is from the arms attributed to Edward the Confessor, in whose reign Mansfield was a royal manor. The stags' heads are from the arms of the Cavendish-Bentinck family and the cotton hanks represent industry.

The oak stands for the Forest of Sherwood, the crosslets are those of the Howards, and the stars from those of the Murrays, Earls Mansfield.

Coat of arms (crest) of Mansfield

The arms as used on a JaJa postcard +/- 1905
Coat of arms (crest) of Mansfield

The arms on a Wills's cigarette card, 1906

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Literature: Information provided by the Mansfield District Council (Mansfield Official Guide 1999).