Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Additions : 1996 Cynon Valley (1974 Aberdare UDC, Mountain Ash UDC, Neath RDC (partly), Vaynor and Penderyn RDC (partly)), Rhondda (1974 Rhondda Borough), Taff-Ely (1974 Caerphilly UDC (partly), Cardiff RDC (partly), Cowbridge RDC (partly), Llantrisant and Llantwit Fardre RDC, Pontypridd UDC)

Arms (crest) of Rhondda Cynon Taff

Official blazon

Arms: Or three Chevronels Gules on a Chief wavy barry wavy of fore Argent and Azure a Celestial Crown between two Acorns Or.
Crest: On a Wreath of the Colours issuant from Flames proper a demi Dragon Gules holding in the dexter claw a Bolt of Lightning Or.
Supporters: Dexter a Laboratory Technician habited and holding in the exterior hand a Clipboard all proper sinister a Coal Miner habited and supporting in the exterior hand a Mandrel all proper.


The Shield is based upon the Arms or Three Chevronels Gules which belonged to the Clare Family, who held the medieval lordship of Glamorgan. The wavy chief is taken from the Arms of the former Cynon Valley Borough Council, and refers to local rivers. The acorns come from the Arms of the former Borough of Rhondda, where they represented the ancient forest and the growth of new industries. The celestial crown is taken from the Arms of the former Borough Council of Taff Ely, and its predecessor Llantrisant and Llantwit Fardre Rural District Council.

The Crest is the Welsh Symbol of a dragon, here depicted as a demi dragon in allusion to the Crests of the constituent bodies making up the new authority. It emerges from flames in token of the regeneration of industry, and holds a flash of lightening as an emblem of new technology.

The dexter Supporter to the Shield is a laboratory technician, representing the new forms of industry attracted to the area. The sinister Supporter of a miner is taken from a Supporter to the Arms of the former Mid Glamorgan County Council, and stands for the traditional skills of South Wales. The design refers to the constituent parts of the new authority, and harks back to the old industries while looking forward to emerging technology.

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Literature : Image and information provided by Laurence Jones (laurencejones@eircom.net)