THE BOAST OF HERALDRY - THE POMP OF POWER (2)
|Examples of Heraldry relating to Thurrock|
The Arms of the Borough of Thurrock
began as a grant by the College of Arms to the Urban
District Council in 1957. Supporters were added in 1977
after elevation to a Borough in 1974. Here we have an
example of allusive heraldry so prevalent in local
authority coats of arms.
The knight in armour is the 'supporter', Ralph Kneventon, Knight of Aveley in 1370. He has his dog with him as can be seen on his brass in Aveley church. A curious thing about this brass is that it records that in 1370 the Dominical letter was F. This refers to the day of the week on which January 1st fell i.e. the sixth day of the week, Saturday! He is standing on a keyside with its mooring ring alluding to Tilbury docks which were opened in 1886.
The sea-lion supporter is holding a
block and tackle recording the fact that there was a
fishing fleet at Grays in days gone by. He is spotted
The blue and white bars recall the barry coat of the de Graies who gave their name to the town.
The motto, proposed by Eric Bohm,
senior classics master at Palmer's school reads:
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