Coat of Arms
A new Coat of Arms has been officially granted to West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) and will promote the new authority area, which was created on 1 April 2021 as part of the biggest reorganisation of local government in the county for nearly 50 years.
In line with strict royal tradition and procedure, the Coat of Arms has been hand-drawn and granted to West Northamptonshire Council by the College of Arms, a centuries-old authority which acts for the Crown on all official heraldic matters.
In a highly traditional process that has taken nearly two years to complete, the Arms have been granted by the Kings of Arms, the three senior Officers of Arms, who act on behalf of the Crown and were subject to the approval of the Earl Marshal, who has overall responsibility for the College of Arms within the Royal Household.
The design has been specially drawn to reflect and represent West Northamptonshire’s proud history and heritage, taking a number of elements from the Coats of Arms of the former Northampton Borough, Daventry and South Northants districts and county.
Key elements of the Coat of Arms include the following:
- four traditional rose symbols of Northamptonshire representing Daventry, Brackley, Towcester and Northampton
- the gold wheatsheaf for the rich agricultural heritage
- a lion’s face in allusion to the lions in the respective arms of Northampton and South Northants and the common seal of Brackley
- lines across the shield represent Watling Street (straight) and Grand Union Canal (wavy)
The crest is featuring a white castle from the arms of Northampton, on a ring of red roses symbolising county history and gold wheatsheaves representing the area’s many rural settlements and agricultural heritage.
Combines elements from the arms, crest and supporters in an alternative composition.
- a Golden Lion, taken from the arms of Northampton, with an escallop shell on its foot in reference to the arms of the Spencer family who have owned Althorp for 500 years
- a Black Bull, from the county council arms, signifying Edward IV’s historic marriage at Grafton, with an iron collar representing agriculture, leatherwork and shoemaking and a horseshoe at its foot in reference to the area’s history of metalworking, horseracing at Towcester and horsepower of the motorcars at Silverstone.
- Ambition - representing the Council’s ambition for West Northants to be a great place to live and work and provide families with a safe place to grow up in and thrive
- Pride - encouraging residents to take pride in the area, it’s history and great prospects for the future
- Unity – inspiring residents across West Northants to come together
- Prosperity – promoting the West Northants as a thriving place with a rich history and ambitions
Last updated 19 May 2023