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South Shields Coat of Arms

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Original model in Town Hall

This our original Coat of Arms adopted by South Shields after it’s incorporation in 1850, the oak carving hangs in the Ante Room to the Council Chamber in South Shields Town Hall. It was designed by one of our townsmen, Robinson Elliott who was a landscape artist.

The lifeboat in the centre is rowed by South Shields pilots representing humanity. The supporters are a South Shields sailor representing courage, and a figure representing commerce, our strong links to the sea are represented by the anchor and our loyalty by the Union Jacks. Our town motto “Always Ready” was suggested by the town’s first MP Robert Ingham QC.

The wall paneling within the main civic rooms in the Town Hall is of Golden English Oak.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 58mm lens, 1/30 second, f6.7, iso 200. No flash.



Written by curly

September 24, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. I’m proud to be a “canny old folk o’ Shields” when I see our coat of arms. It would be good to see more of it in publicity such as on postcards and in brochures and even through a major floral display and a new dedicated public artwork etc. somewhere in the town centre or seafront for all to see. The design is good and I enjoyed your commentary, thanks

    S Wilson

    September 24, 2007 at 12:26 am

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this impressive and thoughtfully made part of your community.


    September 24, 2007 at 7:36 am

  3. I don’t think we have “Coat of Arms” here in the US. However, your post tweeks my interest and I may look around to see if one exists.


    September 24, 2007 at 5:13 pm

  4. That’s a great thing to see. This item is a work of art in it’s own right.

    I also love the beautiful wood grain of the door itself.


    September 24, 2007 at 6:39 pm

  5. So impressive. Beautiful done – love the colours and the design and somehow it’s fun and lighthearted.


    September 24, 2007 at 8:16 pm

  6. This is lovely, Curly. I like the colors and the way you photographed a piece of your history.


    September 25, 2007 at 5:06 am

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