Alyn and Deeside

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ALYN AND DEESIDE DISTRICT COUNCIL

Additions : 1974 Buckley Urban District, Connah's Quay Urban District, Hawarden Rural District (partly)
Incorporated into : 1996 Flintshire

Arms (crest) of Alyn and Deeside

Official blazon

Arms : Sable fretty argent over all a lymphad gules in base two barrulets wavy argent each charged with a like barrulet azure.
Crest : On a wreath Or and sable a garb Or bound vert and argent dimidiating a tower sable.
Supporters : To the dexter a dragon gules holding in the dexter fore-claws a sickle Or and to the sinister a griffin sable armed Or holding in the sinister fore-claws a miner's lamp Or fired proper.
Motto : Gwasanaeth a gwerin

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on August 29, 1975.

The pattern of interlaced white bars on a black background conveys the impression of the coal-mining interests plus the engineering activities at Shotton and Broughton. Over this pattern is a galleon, like that in the arms of the Connah's Quay UDC, on a symbolic sea. The two bars can also be seen as representing the rivers Dee and Alyn.

The golden sheaf represents agriculture, it is bound with a silver and green ribbon in the national colours of Wales. The tower, like those in the crest of the Hawarden RDC, is a reminder of the three castles at Hawarden, Ewloe and Caergwrle.

The Welsh dragon on the left carries a sickle to represent farming interests. The Griffin, a mythical animal with a lion's body and an eagle's beak is shown carrying a miner's lamp to represent the tradition of coal mining in the area. This comes from the heraldry of the Gladstone family of Hawarden. In the Gladstone crest only the upper half of the beast is used, here the lower half is added. This seeks to represent all the families in the area including the Gladstones.

The motto means Service and People.


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Literature : Image and information provided by Laurence Jones.


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