Huntingdon and Peterborough

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HUNTINGDON AND PETERBOROUGH

Additions : 1965 Huntingdonshire, Soke of Peterborough
Incorporated into : 1974 Cambridgeshire

Arms (crest) of Huntingdon and Peterborough

Official blazon

Arms : Barry Argent and Azure on a Fess embattled Vert a Cornucopia between two Garbs Or.
Crest : Issuant from a Mural Crown Or a demi Lion rampant Gules gorged with a Collar flory counterflory and supporting a Staff Or flying therefrom a Banner Vert charged with two Keys in saltire Or; Mantled Azure doubled Argent.
Supporters : On the dexter side a Pikeman of the New Model Army supporting with the exterior hand a Pike and on the sinister side a Mited Abbot in processional vestments for St. Peter's Day supporting with the exterior hand a Crosier and Sudarium all proper.
Motto : 'COR UNUM' - One Heart

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on April 3, 1965.

The ten bands of alternating silver and blue are taken from the former Soke of Peterborough CC arms, and the Cecil family arms. Only some of the bands are visible as the centre of the shield is occupied by the 'fess', which partly hides some of them. The battlements refer to Huntingdon Castle which once guarded the strategic crossing of the River Ouse. The golden cornucopia and wheatsheaves represent the agricultural character of the County and the wealth that proceeds from it, while the green background is the fields from which the wealth is extracted.

The red lion reminds us of Scotland and that Huntingdonshire was once a fief of the Scottish Crown. An elaborate collar is round the neck and it holds a small banner charged with golden crossed keys, the emblem of Saint Peter to whom Peterborough Cathedral is dedicated and the Soke belonged.

The pikeman represents the former County of Huntingdon and its Cromwellian tradition, and the abbot for the Soke.


Literature : Image and information provided by Laurence Jones.