Mid Glamorgan

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Additions: 1974 Glamorgan (partly)
Abolished 1996

Arms (crest) of Mid Glamorgan

Official blazon

Arms : Or three Chevronels between in chief two Clarions and in base a Rose Gules charged with a like Rose Argent both barbed and seeded proper.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours issuant from Flames proper a demi Dragon Gules supporting a Staff Argent from which flies a Banner Gules three Chevronels Argent.
Supporters : Dexter a Factory Worker habited and holding in the exterior hand a Spanner all proper sinister a Coal Miner habited and supporting in the exterior hand a Mandrel all proper.
Motto: 'A DDIODDEFWS A ORFU' - He who suffers, conquers


The arms were officially granted on ?

Mid Glamorgan was created in 1974 when Glamorgan was broken into three.

The three red chevronels on a gold ground are the arms of the de Clare family, Norman lords of the medieval marcher lordship of Glamorgan. This shield formed the basis of the arms of the former Glamorgan County Council, to which were added three Tudor roses, symbolic of the creation of the shire by Henry VIII in 1536. Mid Glamorgan retained one of these roses, to symbolise its emergence from the old county.

The two clarions perpetuate the de Clare's badge, a playful pun upon their name.

The crest, surmounting the helmet and wreath of gold and red, is a red demi dragon, symbolic of the land of Wales. The banner, which it holds triumphantly, carries three silver chevronels on a red field, the arms attributed to Iestyn ap Gwrgant, the last Welsh ruler of Morgannwg. Issuing from flames, the demi dragon also symbolises the revival of the area after a long period of depression, which suggestion is borne out in the motto.

Of the two supporters who hold the shield, the miner represents the traditional industry of the area, upon which its prosperity was founded. The factory worker represents the varied manufacturing industries which now occupy a significant role in the region's economy.

The motto- A DDIODDEFWS A ORFU- He who suffered, conquered- motto of the lineage of Iestyn ap Gwrgant, is apposite to a region which has known the hardships of a livelihood wrested from rock, and from iron, and whose roots lie deep in religious experience.

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