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Arms (crest) of Penybont

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  • United Kingdom
    • Wales

Incorporated into:


  • (<1974) Rural district council

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Official blazon

Arms : Gules, two abbots' croziers in saltire between in chief an anchorin base a castle of three towers, and in fesse two clarions, the sinister contoumee, all Or.
Crest: On a wreath argent and vert, Issuant from a circlet of eight lozenges sable a limestone rock proper, thereon a dragon statant gules gorged with a collar of steel, attached thereto a chain of the same reflexed over the back also proper.
Motto: Diwydiant ein cadernid.


The arms were officially granted on November 9, 1960.

The colours of the shield are the colours of Glamorgan as well as those of different locally important families; the Granvilles, The Turbervilles and the Carnes.

Local associations with Margam Abbey (at Kenfig) and Neath Abbey (at Sker) are symbolised by the crosiers and also the clarions in the flanks. These come from the arms of the Granville family who were lords of the land between Neath and the Tawe and the clarions appear in the arms of the Abbeys of Margam and Neath.

The anchor symbolises the maritime boundary of the district and refers particularly to the ancient borough and former port of Kenfig. Below is a heraldic castle alluding to the numerous strongholds of the area, particularly Ogmore, Coity and Dunraven.

The green and white in the wreath are a reference to the district's activities in agriculture and dairy farming. These are also the national colours of Wales.

The crest refers to characteristic local industries: the black diamonds for coal mining and the collar around the Welsh dragon's neck for steel and engineering.

The motto "Diwydiant ein cadernid" ("Industry our Stronghold") refers to the ancient castles now replaced as source of security by the industries of the community.

Literature: Glamorgan Gazette, 27 January 1961, p.12

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