Sandbach (Congleton)

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SANDBACH

Incorporated into : 1974 Congleton (2009 Cheshire East)

Arms (crest) of Sandbach (Congleton)

Official blazon

Arms : Azure on a Fesse Argent between in chief two Garbs and in base a representation of the Saxon Crosses of Sandbach Or a Fesse Gules.
Crest : On a Wreath Or and Azure in front of a Garb Or banded with Silk Ribbons alternately Azure and Gules a demi-Wheel of the last.
Motto: 'PRINCIPIA NON HOMINES'

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on June 20, 1956.

The sheaves are from the arms of the Cheshire County Council and the Saxon Crosses have been a symbol of Sandbach for many years. The two sandstone structures are recognised as one of the finest Saxon monuments in Britain and are in the care of English Heritage.

The red half-wheel denotes the automotive and heavy engineering industries.

The arms are now used by the town council.

Prior to 1956 the town used the arms below :

Arms of Sandbach (Congleton)

The previous arms
Arms of Sandbach (Congleton)

The arms in the town (source)

These arms are similar except for the base and crest. ___________________________________________________________

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Literature : New image and information provided by Laurence Jones and http://www.civicheraldry.co.uk. Old image from The Official Sandbach Guide, 1948 (pdf)