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SEDGEFIELD (Rural district council)
Incorporated into : 1974 Sedgefield (2009 Durham (County))
Arms : Sable a Pick and Shovel in saltire Or on a Chief of the last a Cross couped between two Garbs Gules.
Crest : Issuant from a Coronet composed of Oak Leaves and Acorns proper set alternately upon a Rim a Horseshoe Or; Mantled Sable doubled Or.
Motto: 'EX TERRA VIGEMUS' - From the earth prosper.
The arms were officially granted on September 27, 1954.
The black background and the golden crossed pick and shovel symbolise the region's historical background in coal mining. The two sheaves of corn coloured red on a gold background depict the farming activity within the area and the central red cross highlights the presence of two local hospitals.
The coronet of acorns and oak leaves symbolises the New Town of Aycliffe, with a projecting golden horseshoe, which represents the interest in horse racing and the local Sedgefield Racecourse.
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