Lambeth

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LAMBETH

London Borough

Additions : 1965 Clapham, Streatham

Arms (crest) of Lambeth

Official blazon

Arms : Quarterly per fesse wavy first Argent a Cross Gules second and third Ermine a Mullet Or and fourth chequy Or and Azure over all a Pale Sable thereon a Crosier surmounted by a Mitre also Or all within a Bordure Sable charged with fifteen Bezants.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours upon Water proper a Paschal Lamb Argent ducally gorged supporting over the dexter shoulder a Crosier Or flowing therefrom a Pennon also Argent charged with a Cross Gules.
Motto : 'SPECTEMUR AGENDO' - Let us be regarded according to our conduct

Origin/meaning

The parishes of Clapham and Streatham were added to Lambeth from the neighbouring Borough of Wandsworth in 1965. On March 15, 1966 the arms of Lambeth (see below) were altered by the addition of two gold stars to represent these parishes.

Borough

Arms (crest) of Lambeth

Official blazon

Arms : Quarterly per fesse wavy first Argent a Cross Gules second and third Ermine and fourth chequy Or and Azure over all a Pale Sable thereon a Crosier surmounted by a Mitre also Or all within a Bordure Sable charged with fifteen Bezants.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours upon Water proper a Paschal Lamb Argent ducally gorged supporting over the dexter shoulder a Crosier Or flowing therefrom a Pennon also Argent charged with a Cross Gules.
Motto : 'SPECTEMUR AGENDO' - Let us be regarded according to our conduct

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on April 22, 1922.

The cross is the St. Georges cross of London. The blue and gold chequers are derived from the Warenne family, see also Surrey. The border is derived from the arms of Cornwall, part of the borough belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall. The ecclesial emblems signify that the archbishops of Canterbury have a residence in Lambeth since the thirteenth century.

The lamb is both a religious as a canting symbol. The wavy bar stands for the Thames.

Arms of Lambeth

The arms as used on a JaJa postcard +/- 1905


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


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