East Riding of Yorkshire

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Additions : 1996 Boothferry (partly, 1974 Goole (borough), Goole RDC, Howden RDC, Isle of Axholme RDC), Beverley (1974 Beverley RDC, Haltemprice UDC), East Yorkshire (1974 Bridlington, Bridlington RDC, Driffield RDC, Driffield UDC, Pocklington RDC), Holderness (1974 Hedon, Holderness Rural District, Hornsea, Withernsea)

Arms (crest) of East Riding of Yorkshire

Official blazon

Arms : Barry Vert and Or on a Chevron engrailed plain cotised Gules three Roses Argent barbed and seeded proper.
Crest :Issuing from a Mural Crown Argent an Eagle displayed Gules armed and langued Azure supporting with the dexter talons a Sword hilt upwards and with the sinister talons a Crozier in saltire Or; Mantled Gules doubled Argent.
Supporters : On the dexter a Lion Azure guardant armed and langued Gules gorged with a Wreath of Barley supporting between the forelegs a Trident Or on the sinister a demi-Horse Argent langued Gules maned Or the feet webbed Vert conjoined to the lower half of a Hippocampus Vert supporting between the forelegs set upon a Staff a Cross fleury Gules.


The arms were officially granted in August 1996.

The arms show most prominently the white roses these being common to the old arms and to the corporate device of the East Riding, set on a chevron, engrailed plain cotised. The background is barry vert and gold to represent the land and the wealth it has brought. The East Riding's remarkable buildings and monuments sacred and lay are alluded to in the two instruments carried by the supporters, they are the pre-Christian symbol of the trident representing commerce and a cross flory on the staff. The trident also occurs in the Arms of Holderness Borough Council and the cross occurs in the Arms of the Borough of Beverley and the Borough of East Yorkshire.

The lion on the left (Dexter) occurs in the device of Boothferry Borough Council and, as wholly blue, in the Arms of the Borough of Beverley suggested by the blue lion of the Percy's seen on their tomb in Beverley Minster. The lion has a wreath of barley round the neck.

The sea-horse is present as properly representing the maritime life of the East RidingThe crest is composed of a mural crown which is the sign of a local government body surmounted by the eagle as used in the old East Riding arms. He clasps a crosier (taken from the arms of East Yorkshire) and sword, the latter to represent the industry of the area. The mantling is red with a white lining, the colours of St. George.

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Literature : Image and information provided by Laurence Jones.