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BATTLE (Rural District Council)

Incorporated into: 1974 Rother

Arms (crest) of Battle

Official blazon

Arms : Argent a Cross Gules between in the first quarter an Antique Crown of the last in the second a Sprig of Hop and in the third a Sprig of Oak both leaved and fructed proper and in the fourth a Sword erect of the second hilt and pomel Or on a Chief per pale Gules and Azure a demi Lion passant guardant Gold conjoined with the Stern of a Ship of the field.
Motto: 'PER BELLUM PATRIA' - Through war, a nation.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on April 20, 1953.

The red cross, crown and sword are derived from the arms of Battle Abbey, the last two probably referring to William the Conqueror at whose command the Abbey was founded. The sprig of hops is indicative of that local industry and the sprig of oak with acorn represents the Weald of Sussex. The gold lion joined with a silver ship, from the arms of the Cinque Ports, alludes to the fact that present-day Winchelsea is within the Battle Rural District and also that it also borders both Rye and Hastings.

Seal of Winchelsea

The seal of Winchelsea (13th century)

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