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BENFLEET

Incorporated into: 1974 Castle Point

Arms (crest) of Benfleet

Official blazon

Arms : Tierced in pairle reversed Gules Vert and Argent in chief two Ancient Crowns Or and in base two Bars wavy azure.
Crest : On a Wreath Or Gules and Vert between two Horns Or a Viking Ship Sable shields oars and sail Gold the sail charged with a Castle also Sable.
Motto: 'SOCIETAS FLOREBIT' - Fellowship will blossom.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on February 28, 1962.

The division of the shield into three parts refers the parishes of South Benfleet, Thundersley and Hadleigh, from which the Urban District was formed in 1929. The red section recalls that Thundersley was long a Royal Honour, red being a colour associated with the crown.

The green section refers to Hadleigh's Royal Park and the blue and white waves in the last section to the creeks of South Benfleet. The two crowns emphasise further the district's royal connections.

The Viking ship was used as a badge by the council before the arms were granted and the horns are taken from those on a Viking helmet. The castle refers to Hadleigh Castle, which was originally founded in 1232 and later rebuilt by Edward III around 1365. The extensive ruins are a prominent landmark overlooking the Thames estuary.Literature:


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