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Civic heraldry of the United Kingdom
Arms : Sable on Water barry wavy in base proper a Lymphad Or the flags Argent charged with a Cross Gules on a Chief of the third a Pale between two Roses of the fourth barbed and seeded also proper charged with as many Keys in bend wards outwards the upper of the third the lower of the second and interlaced with a Sword in bend sinister also of the third pomel and hilt also of the second.
Motto : 'PREST A FAIRE' - Ready to act.
The arms were officially granted on 27 January 1947.
The black background indicates Fareham's strong association with industry.
The ship of gold represents the town's ancient prosperity as a port and shipbuilding centre. The chief shows the arms of the See of Winchester, recalling that Fareham was in the past part of the endowment of the See and was formerly part of the diocese of Winchester.
The keys and sword refer to the parish church of SS Peter and Paul.
On either side of the keys is a red rose which is the chief emblem of Hampshire and symbolises the county's former Lancastrian association. The motto is in French and, roughly translated, means 'Ready to act'.
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