Featherstone

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Arms (crest) of Featherstone
FEATHERSTONE

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  • United Kingdom
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    • England

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Status:

  • (< 1974) Urban District Council


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Official blazon
English

Arms : Quarterly Or and Azure a Cross quarterly Gules and Argent in the first quarter a Lion rampant Purpure in the second three Roses Argent barbed and seeded proper in the third a Garb also Argent and in the fourth a Miner's Safety Lamp also proper.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours upon a Rock an Ostrich Feather erect between two Battle-Axes in saltire all proper.
Motto: 'CONCILIO ET ANIMIS ' - By counsel and courage

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on February 23, 1955.

The purple lion, from the De Lacy arms, refers to the ownership of Old Featherstone by that family. The three white roses represent Yorkshire and the sheaf of corn and miner's safety lamp represent the two principal industries, agriculture and coal-mining. The only purpose of the cross is that of dividing the shield into four sections.

The ostrich feather and rock allude to the name Featherstone. The battle-axes are included as a reminder that battles were fought in the locality during the Civil War of 1641-49. In this connection, Langdale Sunderland, nephew of Sir Marmaduke Langdale, first Lord Langdale, raised a troop of cavalry during the siege of Pontetract Castle. His home, after the sale of his ancestral estates near Halifax - to pay the heavy fine imposed upon him for supporting King Charles I - was Ackton Hall, situate within the district. At his death in 1698 he was buried in Featherstone Church.

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