Worshipful Company of Butchers
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WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF BUTCHERS
Arms : Azure, two poleaxes in saltire Or, blades inwards, between two bulls' heads couped in fesse argent; on a chief of the last a boar's head couped gules, tusked of the second, langued of the first, between two bunches of knee-holly vert banded gold.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours, A bull statant, wings addorsed, Or, the wings lined argent, the head, forequarters, hoofs and tuft of the tail of the first, the hindquarters of the second, armed gules, about the head a nimbus gold.
Supporters: On either side a bull with wings addorsed, the head, forequarters, wings, hoofs and tuft of the tail Or, the hindquarters argent, armed gules, about the head a nimbus of the first.
Motto: Omnia subiecisti sub pedibus, oves et boves.
The arms were officially granted on 7 February 1541; supporters granted 28 June 1922.
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The arms on a Wills's cigarette card, 1913
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Literature : Bromley and Child, 1960