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Silsden's Coat of Arms

What it all means (short version)

Commemorative Booklet (Grant of Armorial Bearings)

Silsden's Coat of Arms

If you would like to reproduce this crest you should first obtain permission from Silsden Town Council.

In 1953 the Council applied for a Grant of Arms to the Duke of Norfolk, the Hereditary Earl Marshall of England , to commemorate the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The Duke of Norfolk issued his warrant, dated 24 th February, 1953, authorising the King of Arms to assign Arms to the Council. They were granted in 1954, and appear above.

The chevron on the shield is taken from the arms of the Jennings family, who held the Manor of Silsden as early as 1487, and the double cross denotes the town's connections with the Knights Templars. The three “sparrow-bills” on each side of the cross, relate to the old nail-making industry of Silsden. It is a colloquial term and refers to small shoe-nails. The ram's head typifies both the woolen industry, which played such a large part in the history of Silsden, and the farming industry of the outlying districts. The White Rose of York appears on the shield, with the sun's rays to represent the principal industry of Silsden – rayon. The blazoning of the crest indicates red wyvern, adapted from the arms of the Clifford family, who were the ancient Lords of the Manor. It is mythological, the beast grasping the flax flower, which denotes the ancient flax-growing industry of Silsden Moor




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