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Incorporated into : 1974 Blackburn with Darwen

Arms (crest) of Darwen

Official blazon

Arms : Or a Fesse wavy with Cottices also wavy Azure between three Sprigs of the Cotton Tree slipped and fructed proper.
Crest : On Wreath of the Coloursin front of a demi Miner habited proper holding over the shoulder a Pick Or a Shuttle fessewise of the last thread pendant proper.
Motto: 'ABSQUE LABORE NIHIL' - Nothing without labour.


The arms were officially granted on August 7, 1878.

The wavy bar represents the River Darwen. The cotton, shuttle and miner refer to local industries.

Arms (crest) of Darwen

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

The arms on a Wills's cigarette card, 1906


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Literature : Scott-Giles, 1953 and from here