A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
I was doing some research on London borough coats of arms and found this nice image of Wood Green's:
Isn't it striking how green it is! The "official blazon" or explanation for the image is:
"The bands of blue and silver represent the New River Cutting and the yew trees and archers symbolize the original Wood Green Common upon which our forebears practised the ancient sport of archery."
The arms were officially granted on 1 August 1933. It's good to see that the New River was considered so important back then that it represented the Municipal Borough. The motto means "Wood Green flourishes or Our strength is as a green tree"
The New River also flows through Enfield's arms, this version was granted in 1966:
The 1946 version shows it even more prominently.
Of course, now Wood Green is part of Haringey, whose logo is commonly thought of as broken glass in a post-Tottenham riot age, but originates from the 1965 coat of arms when Wood Green, Hornsey and Tottenham came together to form Haringey, featuring a bright spark.
You can still see Wood Green's coat of arms represented on the Civic Centre balcony, although not in glorious technicolor:
Other boroughs: Islington also features the New River in its arms. Hackney features blue and white wavy lines which represent all its rivers and canals. Amusingly, Hertfordshire where the River begins does feature water in its coat of arms, but this originates from a pun on the name Hertford - it's a hart in a ford.
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