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Civic heraldry of the United Kingdom
Denbighshire was an administrative county until 1974, and re-established as a county council in 1996
The arms were granted in 1996.
The principal feature of Denbighshire's arms is a black lion. The shield is divided into a cross which was anciently associated with Prince Edwin of Tegeingl,an area which covered Rhuddlan, Coleshill and Prestatyn.
The dragons represent the red dragon of Wales with the keys held by the Crest's dragon representing the keys to the diocese of St Asaph. Each of the supporters is holding a castle which represents the line of castles running North to South in Denbighshire, starting at Rhuddlan, passing through Denhigh, Ruthin, and finally Liangollen. The motto, Unwn i Wneud Da - We Unite to do Good - continues the strength and unity reflected in the design of the arms.The old Denbigshire council used the arms below:
The previous arms were granted on March 12, 1962.
Arms: Argent a Lion rampant Sable a Chief barry wavy Or and Azure.
Crest: On a Wreath Argent Gules Or Purpure Argent and Azure a demi Lion Gules gorged with a Mural Crown Or supporting with the dexter fore claw an escutcheon quarterly Sable Argent Gules and Azure thereon a Ram's Head caboshed proper; Mantled Gules doubled Or.
Motto: 'DUW A DIGON' - With God, enough
I have no further information on these arms.
Literature : Image and information provided by Laurence Jones.
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