Braine-le-Comte

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BRAINE-LE-COMTE

Province : Hainaut
Additions : 1977 Hennuyères, Henripont, Petit-Roeulx-lez-Braine, Ronquières, Steenkerque

Armoiries de Braine-le-Comte

Official blazon

D'argent à une tour de sable, crénelée de deux pièces et de deux demies.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted in 1822 and confirmed on July 21, 1838 and December 1, 1977.

The village of Braine was bought in 1158 by Count Baudouin IV of Hainaut, who built a strong castle in the village, which was named Braine-le-Comte ever since. The castle played a major role in several wars during the centuries. It is not surprising that on the oldest known seal of the town, dating from the 15th century, a large castle was shown. The castle gradually simplified to a single tower on the later seals. The local council applied for the use of the castle on their arms in 1816 and 1820, but it lasted until 1822 until the arms were officially granted.

Arms of Braine-le-Comte

The arms in a 16th century manuscript
Wapen van/Blason de Braine-le-Comte

The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
Wapen van/Blason de Braine-le-Comte

The arms on a police badge (source)


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Literature : Servais, 1955