Preston RDC

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PRESTON (rural district council)

Incorporated into : 1974 Preston, Ribble Valley, South Ribble

Arms (crest) of Preston RDC

Official blazon

Arms : Per saltire Vert and Or a Fess wavy Azure charged with another wavy Argent between in chief an Eagle displayed and in base a Castle of three towers of the second.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours a Dragon without wings passant head erect and tail nowed Argent gorged with a Mural Crown Gules and grasping with the dexter forepaw a Rose also Gules barbed seeded stalked and leaved proper.
Motto: 'UNITATE PRAESTANS'

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on July 28, 1948.

The shield represents pastoral and arable land crossed by the River Ribble. The eagle stands for the Roman settlement at Ribchester and the castle for the stronghold of the Barons of Penwortham.

The dragon is from the crest of the Faringtons of Worden, the mural crown is a common civic emblem and the rose is for the Lancashire County.

The motto, which means 'Excelling by unity' is a play on the name.


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