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OSGOLDCROSS (rural district council)

Incorporated into : 1974 Selby, Wakefield

Arms (crest) of Osgoldcross

Official blazon

Arms : Vert a Cross Moline Or a Chief wavy Argent thereon on a Pale Sable between two Lions' Faces Gules a Ram's Head couped also Argent.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours in front of an Oak Tree proper fructed Or pendent from the branches an Escutcheon Ermine charged with a Saltire engrailed Gules three Roses Argent barbed and seeded also proper.
Motto: 'AMOR ANGLIAE RUSTICAE' - Love of Rural England


The arms were officially granted on March 30, 1955.

The green background of the shield is appropriate to a rural area and the gold cross moline alludes to the name of the district. Its form is that traditionally associated with some of the Saxon Kings, and refers generally to the pre-Conquest history of Osgoldcross. It also approximates to the type of cross worn by the Knights Templars and Knights Hospitallers, and recalls the connection of these Orders with Kellington and Whitley. The cross is also intended as a reference to Selby Abbey and Monk Fryston, and to the several fine churches in the district.

The wavy line of the chief represents the rivers and canals running through the district. The lions' faces are from the hereldry of Thomas of Brotherton, Earl of Norfolk and Earl Marshal of England (son of Edward I), Ilbert de Lacy and other members of the De Lacy family, and also the Earl of Rosse. Accordingly they refer to the history of Brotherton, Birkin, Womersley, Stapleton and Darrington. The ram's head alludes to the family of Ramsden of Byram Park.

The oak tree alludes to the wooded areas of the district and the white roses to Yorkshire. The shield bears the arms of the ancient family Scargill of Stapleton.

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