NEATH RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL
Arms: Per pale Or and Sable a Pale paly wavy of four Vert and Argent between seven Gouttés d'Huile and as many Gouttés d'Or on a Chief Gules three Clarions Gold.
Crest: Out of a Circlet Gules charged with three Escallops Or a Mount Vert thereon a Lamb passant proper unguled Gold gorged with a Collar Sable charged with three Bezants pendent therefrom a Buglehorn stringed also Sable and supporting a Staff Or flying therefrom a Banner also Gules charged with three Chevrons Argent.
Motto: 'ONI HEUIR NI FEDIR' - You cannot reap unless you sow.
The arms were granted on June 1, 1952.
The three clarions are taken from the arms of Neath Abbey, which were in turn taken from the arms of Sir Richard de Glanville, the Lord of Neath, who was instrumental in founding the abbey.
The four alternate green and white wavy lines symbolise the white rivers and green valleys of the district. The gold field to the left is the the colour of ripe corn, representing agriculture. The seven drops of oil, symbolising the importance of the oil industry, and also reflecting the colours of BP Llandarcy which sponsored the Grant of Arms. The black field represents coal-mining with seven golden droplets, representing the smelting industries. Together the fourteen droplets represent the fourteen parishes which made up the Rural District.
The wreath and mantling are in the two principal colours of the shield. The red band with three gold scallop shells echoes the collars worn by the supporters of the Earl of Jersey's arms.
The lamb is the emblem of both the Williams family of Aberpergwm and the Llewellyn family of Ynysygerwn, later Penllergaer. The lamb wears a black collar with three gold roundels, derived from the arms of the Tennant family of Cadoxton, and the black hunting-horn is the symbol of the Vaughan family of Rheola. Finally the banner shows the arms of Iestyn ap Gwrgan, the warlike ancestor of both the Llewellyn and Williams families.
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