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Additions : 1974 Brixworth RDC (partly), Northampton RDC (partly), Wellingborough RDC (partly)

Arms (crest) of Northampton

Official blazon

Arms : Gules on a Mount Vert a Tower triple-towered Argent the portcullis raised Or supported by two Lions rampant guardant of the last.
Motto: 'CASTELLO FORTIOR CONCORDIA' - Peace is stronger than a fortress


The arms of Northampton were recorded in 1617.

As is frequently seen in early English civic arms - themselves derived from ancient seals - Royal and local emblems are combined. Two English lions stand on either side of the castle keep. This represents the town's castle built about AD 1100.

Arms of Northampton

The arms as used on a JaJa postcard +/- 1905
Arms of Northampton

The arms on a Wills's cigarette card, 1906
Arms of Northampton

The arms in the Coffee Hag albums +/- 1925

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Literature : Image and information provided by Laurence Jones.