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The arms are not officially granted.
The 1st quarter shows the six gold martlets and crown of the armorial bearings of the County of East Sussex.
The 2nd quarter shows a sheaf of corn, crook and rake, to illustrate the agricultural and rural connection from which Hailsham derived its status as a market town.
The 3rd quarter depicts a ball of twine and rope “dolly”, representing Hailsham’s later entry into light industry, in the form of ropemaking, which supported several factories and numerous “ropewalks” within the town’s boundaries. These have all but disappeared, with the Marlow Ropes factory in South Road, relocating in 2006.
The 4th quarter shows a mill, of which Hailsham originally had several of this type – although it is believed that this represents the last surviving mill – Hamlin’s Mill in Mill Road (the remains of ancillary buildings can still be seen) and again represents Hailsham’s close connection with the farming industry.
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