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BOURNE (Urban district council)

Incorporated into: 1974 South Kesteven

Arms (crest) of Bourne

Official blazon

Arms : Or on a Fess Azure between in chief three Torteaux and in base a Wake Knot Gules a Bar wavy Argent.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours issuant from the Battlements of a Tower Gules a demi-Lion Ermine holding between the paws an Escutcheon Azure charged with a Fleur-de-Lys Argent.
Motto: 'VIGILA ET ORA' - Watch and Pray


The arms were officially granted on July 23, 1953.

These arms are a modification of the arms of the Wakes previously used by the Council. The three red roundels on gold remain, and the characteristic knot, a badge of the Wakes, which surmounted the previous design is now in the base of the shield. The blue and white waves replace the two red bars from the Wake arms, and represent the historic Carr Dyke and the Bourne Eau.

The red battlements represent the Castle and the Ermine lion is from the arms of the Cecils, of which family was Elizabeth I's famous Treasurer Lord Burleigh, and the Marquesses of Exeter who have owned the market rights since 1564. The shield held by the lion, shows the arms of the Digby family of the Red Hall.

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