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Coventry (England), coat of arms

Coventry (England), coat of arms

Arms. The crest, a cat-a-mountain, or wild cat, is generally considered to symbolise watchfulness. The helmet is that of an esquire with the visor closed, as with all boroughs. The shield is coloured red and green, the traditional colours of the city dating back at least to 1441. The device is a golden elephant and on it’s back a gold castle with three domed turrets.

The Supporters. The supporters, granted in 1959, comprise the Eagle of Leofric (husband of Lady Godiva) and the phoenix. The black eagle of Leofric recalls the ancient Coventry and the phoenix arising from the flames represents the new Coventry, reborn out of the ashes of the old.

The Motto. Mottoes are not an integral part of coats-of-arms - Camera Principis (the Prince's Chamber) is held to refer to Edward, the Black Prince. The Manor of Cheylesmore at Coventry was at one time owned by Edward's grandmother, Queen Isabella, and eventually passed to him.

(Coventry City Council, www.coventry.gov.uk)


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