Sunday 15 November 2009
Coat of Arms
This is the Blackburn coat of arms.
'Arte et Labore'
(By Skill and Labour)
The dove at the top represents peace and was also a symbol used in the Feilden family coat of arms. The shuttle is there to represent weaving, cotton being the principal product in 'old' Blackburn. The bees represent industry. The wavy, black line, represents the river Blakewater (black water), which runs through the town.
I seem to recall reading somewhere, that the bugle horn between the two diamond shaped lozenges, had some connection to the town's first elected mayor, W. H. Hornby ( Horn Bee? ).
The above might not be 100% accurate, as there are various interpretations, but that's it in a nutshell:-)
I'm happy to be corrected, if I'm wrong.
COURTESY OF CP