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Civic heraldry of the United Kingdom
Additions : 1974 Bridgnorth RDC, Much Wenlock Borough, Shifnal RDC (partly)
Abolished 2009 Shropshire
Arms : Argent on a Rock in base a Castle of three Towers with spires proper from the dexter spire a Banner of St. George and from the sinister spire a Banner quarterly Gules a Lion passant Or and Azure a Fleur de Lys also Or on a Chief Vert a Lion passant guardant Gold.
Motto: 'FIDELITAS URBIS SALUS REGIS' - The faithfulness of the city is the safety of the King.
The arms were officially granted on September 14, 1958.
The arms are base upon the former seal, dating from the fifteenth century, which was displayed on a shield before the current arms were granted. The seal bore a castle with a central domed tower, and on either side thereof a shield, one bearing the cross of St George, and the other the Royal Arms: France and England quarterly. The castle represents that built in 1098 by Robert de Belesme, Earl of Shrewsbury, who held it in rebellion against Henry I. During the Civil War the castle was besieged by the Parliamentary forces and finally demolished. The motto refers to the town's support of the Royalist cause.
The arms are now used by the Bridgnorth Town Council.
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