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The Village Crest

Designed by R. Dymond Esq in 1965, the ‘Braunton West’ crest features some of Braunton’s historic features.  It appears on the Braunton Parish Council Chairman’s chain of office.  The various images it contains have been subject to conjecture but here, its heraldic elements are described in more detail.

The sprig of broom has been introduced on a sable ground in the Dexter Chief position of the Arms  because the respective sources consulted regarding the origin of place names is authoritatively given as “the place of the broom”.  Thus, the Arms announces its “name identification” immediately by this pronounced treatment. 

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Braunton CrestThe laden trading barque, occupying the Middle Chief and Sinister Chief positions of the Arms is used to symbolise Braunton’s trading by the sea, and the barque is depicted sailing out between the river banks of the Caen.  The lighthouse denotes Braunton extends to the coast, whilst the two hills record Braunton’s major land features of the East and West Hills, in the colours of “Devon’s rich red loam”.  All these features are set against a ‘set-fair’ sky.

The tudor rose on the dexter panel is the floral symbol of England and is here positioned on a green ground above a garb of wheat to symbolise Braunton’s corn-bearing Great Field and being also England’s largest single field. 

No feature could be more closely identified with Braunton than it’s patron saint, St Brannock, and his cow and that is the reason for it’s being prominently rendered in the central position of the Arms, the Middle Pale.  The saint furnishes identification of the dedication of the church he founded, and he is depicted holding an open Bible and appendent cross proclaiming Christ’s Mission.  The cow is in a couchant posture which portrays attachment, submissiveness and contentment.  The gold ground symbolises the saint’s teaching illumed the people and the cross of St George remembers and honours England’s patron saint.

In the Sinister Pale a tudor rose is introduced above a crowned lion rampant which together with the argent (silver) ground are from part of the Arms of Devon, “England’s fairest county”.

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