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HEMSWORTH (rural district council)

Incorporated into: 1974 Barnsley, Selby, Wakefield

Arms (crest) of Hemsworth

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Official blazon

Arms : Sable on a Mount in base an Oak Tree proper fructed Or on a Chief Gules a Cross couped Gold between two Roses Argent barbed and seeded also proper.
Crest : Out of a Circlet Azure charged with a Crescent Argent between two Mullets of six points Or a Bull's Head Sable armed Gold; Mantled Sable doubled Or.
Motto: 'CONSTANTER ET RECTE' - Steadfastly and justly


The arms were officially granted on OCtober 12, 1954.

The black background is an allusion to the local coal-mining industry and the oak tree on a green mount represents the rural portions of the district, especially Brierley Common and the famous "Old Adam" oak. The white roses on red denote a situation in Yorkshire, while the gold cross repre­sents the Wapentake of Osgoldcross being "Oswald's Gold Cross" from the ancient arms of Nostell Priory. The two roses can also be under­stood to have reference to the wapentakes of Strafford and Tickhill.

The crest has reference to Ackworth School and Archbishop Holgate's Hospital. The silver crescent and gold stars on the blue circlet are from the arms of the Governors of the Foundling Hos­pital, whose buildings became the school; the bull's head is from the arms of Archbishop Holgate.

The motto is part of that of the Warde-Aldam family of Frickley and Hooton Pagnell.

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