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EASTLEIGH

Additions : 1974 Winchester RDC (partly)

Arms (crest) of Eastleigh

Official blazon

Arms : Azure a Fess Or thereon a Fess chequy Sable and Argent cotised Sable and charged with a winged Wheel Gules between in chief a Mitre proper between two Garbs Or and in base a Lymphad sails furled also Or.
Crest : Issuant from a Naval Crown Azure a Lion sejant also Or holding in the dexter claw two Roses Gules barbed and seeded proper and two Lily Flowers all conjoined on one stem proper, mantled Gules doubled Or.
Motto: 'SALUS POPULI SUPREMA LEX' - The welfare of the people is the most important law.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on July 23, 1976.

The new arms combine parts of the old arms (see below) with elements of the former Winchester RDC arms.

The mitre refers to the connection of the Bishops of Winchester with Bishopstoke in the district. The two sheaves of corn symbolise the rural character of the area. The two narrow black bands represent railway lines, recalling the historical importance of the railways for the borough. They also reflect cable making, one of the town's large employers.

The chequered strip is taken from the arms of the Chamberlains of the Royal Exchequer, former Lords of the Manor. The winged wheel signiefies progress and transport. The lymphead, or medieval ship, represents ship-building and yachting.

The crest shows a lion rising from a naval crown, symbolising the naval connections of the town. The lion holds a bunch of roses and lilies. The lilies represent St. Mary, the patron saint of the churches in Bishopstoke and South Stoneham. The roses are taken from the old arms.

Previous arms

Arms (crest) of Eastleigh

Official blazon

Arms : Or on a Bend chequy Sable and Argent between in chief a Mitre of the second and in base a Lily leaved and slipped proper three Roses Gules barbed and seeded also proper.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours in front of a rising Sun a winged Wheel Or.
Motto: 'SALUS POPULI SUPREMA LEX' - The welfare of the people is the most important law.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on January 16, 1934.

See for most elements the description above.

The lily is that of St. Mary, the patron of the Churches at Bishopstoke and South Stoneham, out of which Eastieigh was created. The winged wheel represent transport and industry and the rising sun progress.


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Literature: Scott-Giles, C.W. : Civic heraldry of England and Wales, London, 1932; Briggs, G. : Civic and corporate heraldry. Heraldry Today, Ramsbury, 1971; Eastleigh Borough Guide 1999-2000.