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Corporation of the Township of Stanbridge

Stanbridge, Quebec
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
May 18, 1990
Vol. II, p. 24

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Blazon

Arms

Vert issuant above a chevron Argent charged with a chevronnel Vert a demi sun in splendour Or in base four escallops crosswise bases inward Or;

Crest

A mural crown of five crenels Argent masoned Vert below the central crenel a port also Vert;

Supporters

Dexter a bear Sable armed Or bearing in its sinister paw a maple leaf Gules charged with a fleur-de-lys Argent sinister a Holstein calf proper unguled Or bearing in its dexter hoof a maple leaf Gules charged with a fleur-de-lys Argent both supporters standing on a meadow featuring a representation of the Riceburg Bridge in the Township proper rising above barry wavy Azure and Argent the meadow bearing on either side plants of corn asparagus and strawberries all proper;

Motto

GRIND SLOWLY · MOUDRE FIN;

Flag

A banner of the Arms the three edges in chief fly and base bordered compony Vert and Argent;

Badge

A sun in splendour Or bearing four escallops crosswise their bases inward Vert;


Symbolism

Arms

Green and gold are the colours of the community of Stanbridge. The chevron is found in the Arms of the Stanbridge family of County Essex, Great Britain and in the arms of the Rice family. The chevron also alludes to the Pinnacle, which dominates the horizon east of Stanbridge. Its colours refer to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont, where the original settlers came from in the 1790s. The shells, which are also found in the Stanbridge family arms, represent the four hamlets within Stanbridge township: Riceburg, Puddledock, Beartown and the Ridge. The sun represents the Village of Stanbridge East.

Crest

The mural coronet is a symbol of a municipal corporation.

Supporters

The bear is an allusion to the hamlet of Beartown. The calf refers to the agricultural nature of the community. The maple leaves and fleurs-de-lis indicate that Stanbridge is part of Quebec within Canada. The ridge represents Stanbridge Ridge. The river refers to Puddledock, and the bridge resembles the one at Riceburg over the Pike River.

Motto

Evoking the image of a mill, the idea is to work carefully and thoroughly.

Flag

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Badge

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on June 30, 1990, in Volume 124, page 2363 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Gordon Macpherson

Calligrapher
John Whitehead


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Regional, Municipal etc Government