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Official blazon

Arms: Argent, on a chevron per pale azure and gules six martlets Or, between in chief two Saxon- crowns and in base a dolphin naiant sable.
Crest: On a wreath argent and gules, Two dolphins embowed, heads downwards, enfiled by a Saxon crown Or.
Supporters: On either side a pelican in her piety proper standing upon a book gules, edged Or, each supporting a staff also proper, that on the dexter flying a banner of the second charged with a lion passant guardant gold dimidiating the hull of an ancient ship argent, and that on the sinister flying a banner of the second charged with a stag's head caboshed silver.
Motto: Be still and know.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on March 15, 1962.

The six martlets on the gules and azure chevron are taken from the arms of East Sussex and West Sussex, as are the 'Saxon Crowns' for the Kingdom of the South Saxons.

The Dolphin is taken from the arms of Brighton, as are the entwined dolphins on the crest, within another Saxon Crown .

The Dexter supporting Pelican carries a banner showing the Cinque Ports Lion and Ship symbol for Hastings in Sussex was the Senior Cinque Port.

The Supporters are standing on Books, representing Knowledge, as does the Motto.


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Literature: information from Rupert Nichol