Market Harborough RDC

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MARKET HARBOROUGH (RUDC)

Incorporated into : 1974 Harborough

Arms (crest) of Market Harborough RDC

Official blazon

Arms : Or issuant from a base barry wavy of four Argent and Vert a grassy Mount thereon a representation of the Gartre Bush formerly in the Hundred of Gartre proper on a Chief also Vert a pierced Cinquefoil Ermine between two Leicester Rams' Heads caboshed also proper.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours A Sea Horse Argent ducally gorged and resting the dexter leg on an Escutcheon Or charged with a Fox's Mask proper; Mantled Vert doubled Or.
Motto: 'READY ALL APPEAR'.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on December 23, 1958.

The gold background represents the richness of the agricultural areas and the wavy base represents the River Welland. The mound and bush recall the Gatre Bush, under which in ancient times members of the Court of Moot of Gatre Hundred met. Gatre Bush was near to the line of the old Roman Road from Leicester to Colchester, that came to be known as the Gatre Road. The ermine cinquefoil recalls that in the arms of the County Council and the ram's heads refer to agriculture, hosiery and the cloth trade.

The seahorse is from the heraldry of the Brodenell family of Harborough. In the church at Stonton Wyville, of which, with Cranoe and Glooston, the Brodenells were Lords of the Manor, stands the tomb-chest decorated with seahorses of Edmund Brodenell, who died in 1590. The foxes mask links with the crest of the County Council and recalls fox hunting.


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