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The City and County Borough of Stoke-on-Trent

Arms were granted to the new county borough in 1912. They were made up of devices previously used by the constituent six towns, although of the six towns only Burslem officially received a grant to use arms.

Description of the City Arms:

"Argent [silver], a cross gules, fretty or [gold],.......

between in the first quarter a representation of the Portland Vase;

in the second a camel kneeling proper, charged on the body with an escutcheon argent [silver shield], thereon a cross gules [red cross];

in the third an eagle displayed sable;

and in the fourth a scythe also proper,

on a chief of the second a boar's head erased between two Stafford Knots of the third.

Crest - on a wreath of the colours, a Potter of ancient Egypt at his wheel argent."
[granted 1912]

City of Stoke-on-Trent arms
City of Stoke-on-Trent arms

Motto - "Vis unita fortior"
Translation - "United Strength is Stronger"

The Stafford Knots in the top panel were taken from the Tunstall Arms.
The Boar's head, in the top panel, was taken from the Stoke-upon-Trent (Stoke Town) Arms (The Arms of the Copeland Family).
The Portland Vase (top left quadrant) was taken from the Burslem Arms.
The Fretty Cross appears on the Arms of the town of Fenton.
The Hanley Arms provided the Dromedary Camel (top right quadrant) [Crest of the Ridgway Family].
The Eagle (bottom left quadrant) was taken from the Longton Arms [Crest of James Glover].
The Sythe (bottom right quadrant) [emblem of the Sneyd family]  is taken from both the Tunstall and Burslem Arms.
The Egyptian Potter at his wheel represents the pottery industry.


Constituted as a County Borough on Federation of six former Local Authorities: 31st March, 1910
Granted us of Arms: 1912
Elevated to rank of City by Royal Letters Patent: 5th June, 1925
Title of Lord Mayor conferred: 10th July, 1928
Termination of Charter, on reorganisation of local government under Local Government Act 1972: 31st March, 1974
Restoration of all civic titles, dignities, and privileges, by Royal Letters Patent: 1st April, 1974

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