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BARNSLEY

Additions : 1974 Cudworth UDC, Darfield UDC, Darton UDC, Dearne UDC, Dodworth UDC, Hemsworth RDC (partly), Hoyland Nether UDC, Penistone RDC, Penistone UDC, Royston UDC, Wombwell UDC, Worsbrough UDC, Wortley RDC (partly)

Arms (crest) of Barnsley

Official blazon

Arms : Argent on a Chevron Gules between two Shuttles fessewise in chief and in base as many Pickaxes in saltire proper a Falcon wings elevated and holding in the dexter claw a Padlock Or between two Boar's Heads couped of the last each holding in the mouth a Cross patee fitchee in pale of the first a Chief Sable thereon a Cross patee between two Covered Cups all within a Bordure embattled Or.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours a Gryphon Argent wings elevated Sable resting the dexter claw on an Escarpuncle of fourteen points Gules.
Supporters : On the dexter side a Glass-Blower supporting in his exterior hand a Blow-Pipe issuant therefrom in base a Glass Bottle and on the sinister side a Miner his.Pit Lamp suspended from his neck supporting in his exterior hand a Pick-Axe proper all upon a Compartment composed of a Grassy Mount to the dexter and a Pile of Coal to the sinister all proper.
Motto : 'SPECTEMUR AGENDO' - Judge us by our actions

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on ??

The arms are based on the previous arms (See below). In the new arms the supporters have switched sides, the shield in the crest has been replaces, the ground and a bordure have been added.

Previous arms

Arms (crest) of Barnsley

Official blazon

Arms : Argent, on a chevron gules between two shuttles fessewise in chief and in base as many pickaxes in saltire proper, a falcon wings elevated and holding in the dexter claw a padlock or between two boar's heads couped of the last each holding in the mouth a cross patée fitchée in pale of the first; a chief sable, thereon e cross patée between to covered cups also or.
Crest : On a wreath of the colours, a gryphon argent, wings elevated sable, resting the dexter claw on an escutcheon argent charged with a chuttle palewise sable.
Supporters : On the dexter side a miner, his pit lamp suspended from his neck, supporting in his exterior hand a pick axe proper, and on the sinister side a glass-blower, supporting in his exterior hand a blow-pipe, issuant therefrom in base a glass bottle, all proper.
Motto :"Spectemur agendo".

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on 19 October 1869, the supporters were granted on 13 August 1913.

The falcon with padlock, and the boar's heads with crosses, are from the arms of the local families of Locke and Beckett, and the griffin is the crest of the Wentworth family of Wentworth Woodhouse.

The emblems in the chief stand for Monk Bretton Priory, a Cluniac foundation dating from 1157; the arms of the Priory were two silver cups and a cross on black.

The shuttles, pickaxes and supporters represent local industries.


Literature : Scott-Giles, C.W. : Civic heraldry of England and Wales, London, 1932; new image provided by the Borough of Barnsley.


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