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CAERWYS (Parish and town council)
District : Flintshire
Arms: Or, a dragon rampant and on a chief gules a representation of the ash tree called Caerwys Cross proper.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours, Out of an ancient crown Or, a representation of the Caerwys Eisteddfod harp proper.
Motto: Tannau arian geiriau arian.
The arms were officially granted on September 5, 1967.
The upper part of the shield shows a representation of Caerwys Cross, which is an ancient ash tree. The Cross was recorded in history and the Bards composed their odes in the shadow of the ash tree at the Caerwys Eisteddfod of 1568 - which was held under the commission of Queen Elizabeth 1, dated October 1567. The dragon is of course a national symbol and is also significant, as Caerwys was the only Welsh Borough of Norman creation in 1290.
The crest shows a representation of the Mostyn harp ( of the 1568 Eisteddfod ) rising out of a bardic crown. Such terms as ‘bardic crown’ are unknown in heraldry, and an ancient was used in its place.
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