Barking and Dagenham

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Borough of London

Additions: Barking, Dagenham

Arms (crest) of Barking and Dagenham

Official blazon

Arms: Per saltire Gules and barry wavy of eight Argent and Azure in chief between two Keys in saltire a Sword palewise point downwards in base two Croziers with Sudarium in saltire surmounting a Lily slipped and leaved and in the flanks a representation of a Barking Well Smack in full sail to the sinister and a Cog Wheel all Or.
Crest: On a Wreath Argent and Azure in front of a demi Sun in splendour Or a representation of the Curfew Tower of Barking proper.
Supporters: On either side a Lion Or gorged with a Collar per pale Sable and Gules holding a Torched inflamed Or.
Motto: 'DEI GRATIA PROBEMUR REBUS' - By the grace of God let us be judged by our deeds.


The arms were granted on September 1, 1965.

The representation of water (i.e. the wavy blue and white bands) represents the River Thames. The Borough is situated on the North bank of the Thames, which plays a considerable part in the industrial life of the district.

The sword and keys represent the patron saints of Peter and Paul (the patron saints of the parish church of Dagenham).

The crossed crosiers and the lily stand for the Abbey of Barking (dissolved 1539) of whose manor the parishes of Barking & Dagenham formed a part.

The Barking Well Smack represents the ancient and important fishing industry at Barking. The cog wheel signifies the industrial section of the Borough, whereas the sun denotes the progress of the district.

The Curfew Tower (which may still be seen at Barking) was used as a device in the arms of the old Urban District Council of Barking.

The lions holding torches were the supporters used to the former Borough of Barking Coat of Arms. They stood for the Cecil and Monteagle families and the torches represent the then two chief industries, namely gas and electricity.Literature:

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