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Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms was designed by the College of Heralds and
granted in 1974 when the Borough incorporating Eastleigh and
seven parishes of the Winchester Rural District Council was
The design combines items from the Coats of Arms of both
the former Borough of Eastleigh and the former Winchester Rural
District Council together with some amendments to depict various
aspects of the new Borough.
The design is in a traditional style, and each detail symbolises
a particular piece of the Borough's history.
The intertwined lilies and roses at the top of the crest
indicate the union of the two parts of the Borough. The roses
are Hampshire roses and the lilies represent St Mary, the patron
Saint of the churches at Bishopstoke and South Stoneham.
The lion is a traditional beast in coats of arms.
Underneath, a naval crown records the Borough's naval
connections. A helmet is also traditionally part of a crest
and a knight's helmet with the visor closed is used for corporate
bodies, whilst the mantling represents the cloak which knights wore
over their armour.
The Bishop's mitre refers to the connection of the Bishops of
Winchester with Bishopstoke, and is placed between two sheaves of
corn which symbolise the rural and agricultural nature of the new
The two narrow black bands on either side of the chequerboard
represent railway lines recalling the historical importance of
railways in the old Borough. They also reflect the cable
making activities of another of the town's large employers.
In between these lines the black and white chequered strip recalls
that Eastleigh was once a Manor held by the Chamberlains of the
Royal Exchequer. The winged wheel in the centre signifies the
theme of progress and transport.
The medieval ship at the bottom of the crest represents the
shipbuilding and yachting activities at Bursledon and Hamble.
The motto, although not strictly part of the Arms, reads "The
Welfare of the People is the most important Law".
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