University of Essex

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Official blazon

Arms : Gules, three seaxes in pale, cutting edges upwards, argent, pomels and hilts to the dexter Or, in chief an open book proper edged and bound with seven clasps Or.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours, A wyvern statant argent upon two branch of oak raguly leaved fructed in saltire proper enfiled through an annulet argent.
Motto: Thought the harder, heart the keener.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on December 10, 1963.

We have no information on the meaning or origin of these arms.

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