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Borough of Morley, Grant of Coat-of-Arms (Morley)
Colour imageUndated. This is the parchment with seals from the College of Heralds office in 1887 which granted the new Borough of Morley an official coat-of-arms for the town. The names of the three principals at the College of Heralds who approved Morley's design are above their seals at the bottom of the parchment. Morley's coat-of-arms is shown in the top right in its true colours. The shield was divided into three horizontal sections, the middle one being a red band with a golden shuttle and bobbin loaded in. The two parts of the shield above and below the red band were coloured silver. Above was the boll of the cotton plant to signify the importance of this commodity in the production of union cloth. On either side of the cotton boll were two black pellets (round spheres) but whether these were just for balancing and decoration or had some significance is not known. Below the red band was a pick and shovel arranged like crossed swords. This was done to symbolise the coal mining industry which had about 1500 workers in Morley in 1887. Whether the pick and shovel had anything to do with stone quarrying also is unknown but this particular industry was also important in the town at this time. The motto Industria Omnia Vincit seems to be based on that of Bradford which is Labor Omnia Vincit. The surrounds of the shield are in red and silver with some gold on the helmet above it. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Leeds Tramway Sign, at Crich Tramway Museum (Unknown)
Colour imagec1997. View of a Leeds City Tramways sign as seen at the Crich Tramways Museum in Derbyshire. The sign shows the Leeds coat-of-arms under a banner bearing the words 'Leeds City Tramways'.
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Mayoral Badges of Councillor Ernest Kirkby and William Law Ingle (Morley)
Colour imageJune 1995. After their term of office as Mayor of the Borough of Morley each former Mayor was presented with a badge of the Borough coat-of-arms that could be worn on future civic occasions. On the reverse of the badge was the inscription; 'Presented by the Morley Town Council' and details of the recipient's term of office - in this example 'Councillor Ernest Kirkby in recognition of valuable services to the Borough as Mayor - 9th November 1925 to 9th November 1926.' The example of a Mayoral Badge with the coat-of-arms side on display belonged to William Law Ingle, Mayor from 9th November 1911 to 9th November 1912. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Morley Borough coat-of-arms, draft design (Morley)
Colour imageAugust 1975. This appears to be a draft design for the Morley Borough coat-of-arms that was being produced for the new Corporation in 1886. It looks like a second attempt because a first one is much more primitive than this while it is not yet the finished product. Whether or not the design as finished here had the correct motto is not known. However the main differences are that the top part and the bottom part of the shield should be silver, the shuttle and threaded bobbin should be a more accurate shape and objects put on coats-of-arms do not have to incorporate black shadows. The header for the shield ended up being a ram's head. It is not known whether the bale shown here is a bale of wool, rags, blend or cloth and who decided against using the bale. This and the earlier design appeared in one of Fred Thackray's scrapbooks. It was photographed in August 1975. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Morley Borough coat-of-arms, draft design (Morley)
Colour imageUndated. This is the first known attempt to draw a coat-of-arms for Morley in the 1880s. One or two of the original features have been preserved in the coat-of-arms that was finally chosen e.g. the shield was divided horizontally into three sections - the middle one a red band and the upper and lower portions both silver. The black pellets were placed on the top third of the shield at either side. A cotton boll was used to signify the importance of the white fabric in union cloth, but this did not turn out to be its final position. Features not found on this shield were (1) the pick and shovel to symbolise coal mining and (2) a correct representation of the shuttle and bobbin rather than this symbolic device. The woolsack or whatever it might be on top of the shield was not kept and was replaced by a suit of armour and a ram's head. There is no motto proposed on the coat-of-arms here. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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