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RUNNYMEDE

Additions : 1974 Chertsey UDC, Egham UDC

Arms (crest) of Runnymede

Official blazon

Arms : Vert a representation of Magna Carta ensigned by a representation of the Crown of King John proper on a Chief Argent two Barrulets wavy Azure.
Crest : On a Wreath Or and Vert upon Waves in front of a representation of Chertsey Abbey a Swan all proper.
Supporters : On either side a Swan gorged with a Crown as in the Arms pendent therefrom by a Ribbon Azure a representation of Magna Carta proper.
Motto: 'IN FREEDOM WE SERVE'.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on ?

The shield shows mainly a representation of the Magna Carta, the original Constitution of England. The signing of the charter by King John in 1215 took place near Runnymede. The Royal Crowns in the shield and around the neck of the supporters also are symbols of this occasion. The crest shows the Chertsey Abbey, founded in 666. The abbey held many estates in Surrey and is now part of the Runnymede district. The swans and the wavy bars represent the many rivers in the district.


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Literature : Information leaflet provided by the http://www.runnymede.gov.uk