Co-operative Permanent Building Society

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CO-OPERATIVE PERMANENT BUILDING SOCIETY (since 1970 Nationwide Building Society)

Coat of arms (crest) of Co-operative Permanent Building Society

Official blazon

Arms: Per chevron azure and Or, in chief on a rock proper a castle triple-towered gold, and in base a dragon couchant, wings lifted and addorsed, gules.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours, Four keys, wards upwards and outwards, in saltire Or en: filed by a chaplet of daffodils proper, roses gules, and thistles and shamrocks also proper.
Supporters: On either side a cockatrice argent, combed wattled and armed gules, each gorged with a collar Or, pendent therefrom an escutcheon barry wavy of ten also argent and azure.
Motto: Step by step


The arms were officially granted on September 27, 1954. The Shield is divided per chevron Azure and Or in allusion to the Pyramid which was the Emblem of the Society for many years. The Castle refers to the "Englishman's Home", and is built upon a rock, this being the security afforded by the society. The Dragon is, of course, the guardian of the treasure, and also emphasises the feeling of security which all may enjoy who invest in the Society. The Keys stand for house ownership. There are four of them together with the National Emblems of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales to show that the Society's activities cover those four countries. The Cockatrice is a combination of a Cock and a Dragon, the former representing the homestead, the latter being the guardian of the Treasure; the one provides the home which is represented by the other. The Escutcheon is taken from the Arms of the Borough of Holborn, to represent the Headquarters of the Society.

Coat of arms (crest) of Co-operative Permanent Building Society

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