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Incorporated into : 1974 : Bury

Arms (crest) of Prestwich

Official blazon

Arms : Argent on a Pile between two Roses gules barbed and seeded proper two Swans' Heads erased Ermine in chief and a Fleur-de-Lys of the first in base.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours a Lozenge Azure charged with a Fleur-de-Lys Argent between two Roses Gules barbed and seeded proper.
Supporters : To the dexter a Wyvern reguardant Or and to the sinister a Lion reguardant Argent each gorged with a Riband and suspended therefrom a Lozenge Azure charged with a Fleur-de-Lys Argent.
Motto: 'RECTE FAC NOLI TIMERE' - Do right, fear not.


The arms were officially granted on September 20, 1939, the supporters were grantedon November 10, 1939.

The white background or field can be seen as representing to district of Whitefield, the two refer to Lancashire. The swans' heads are from the arms of Baron Cawley of Prestwich, the Charter Mayor and the fleur-de-lis, often used as the symbol of St Mary, indicates the dedication of the Parish Church.

The lozenges, which resemble spindles in shape, represent the cotton industry. The supporters are derived from the wyvern and lion of the Egerton family, Earls of Wilton, duly differenced.

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