Coat of arms of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan

Coat Of Arms Of The Metropolitan Borough Of Wigan

Coat of arms of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan

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The coat of arms of Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council was granted by the College of Arms in 1974.

Arms of Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

The field of the arms consists of alternating gold and black lozenges or diamond shapes. Black lozenges are extensively used in British civic heraldry to symbolise coal mining, while each gold lozenge bears a red rose of Lancaster to represent the union of several Lancashire communities in the metropolitan borough. The chief or top section of the shield displays a couchant lion from the crest of the county borough.

On top of the helm is the crest which consists of a crowned castle and mountain ash tree. The castle and crown were in the county borough arms. The tree is included as a reference to the borough's name: the local name for the mountain ash being "Wiggin Tree".

The supporters are a gold crowned lion from the county borough arms, and a sparrowhawk from the arms of the Atherton family, and found in the devices of Atherton Urban District council and the Borough of Leigh.

The motto is Progress With Unity.


The blazon, or technical description of the arms is:

Arms of the County Borough of Wigan

The County Borough of Wigan was granted arms in 1922. The design incorporated...
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