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Town Coat of Arms on Midland Hotel car park wall – Bradford, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 47.727 W 001° 45.064
30U E 582266 N 5961487
Quick Description: This coat of arms is on the wall of the car park of the Midland Hotel. The hotel was originally built as a railway hotel by the Midland Railway Company.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/6/2011 2:27:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMB549
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dáin & Olík
Views: 1

Long Description:
The walls of what is now the car park were originally part of the railway station itself. There are is number of different coat of arms on the walls which I think are some of the destinations of the railway.

The railway line now terminates about ½ mile to the North in a new station that was built next to a new retail park. The new station is called Forster Square.

This version is the coat of arms when Bradford was only a town rather than a city. The arms were granted in 1847.

A shield has a boar’s head on top. On the shield are 3 hunting horns and usually in the middle what is either a spring or a castle depending on who you believe.

The boar’s head and hunting horns refer to the legend dating back the 14tch Century. A dangerous boar was terrorising the local populace of Cliffe Wood. A reward of a piece of land was offered by John of Gaunt, the Earl of Lancaster, to anyone who killed the boar.

The deed was done by a lone hunter but the boar was too heavy to carry. He cut out the tongue as proof of what he had done. However someone else found the body cut off the head and took that as proof of his kill. The 2nd hunter actually tried to claim the land first, but the arrival of the original hunter with the tongue ensured that the rightful person got the prize.

However in order to keep the land It was necessary to blow a hunting horn in the market on St. Martin’s day. It seems unlikely that this alone would secure a piece of land. A more likely story is that at that time travel was dangerous and people would offer to provide protection to travellers from outside the area. This service was announced by the blowing of the horn. In the case of Bradford the specific requirement was to provide an escort to John of Gaunt whilst travelling to the castle at Ripon.

There is some debate about whether the object in the middle of the shield is the Castle of Ripon, or signifies a spring at Bradford Beck on the site of what is now Bradford Cathedral.

The inscription at the bottom of the shield, ‘labor omnia vincit’ is loosely translated as hard work conquers all, reflecting Bradford’s industrial heritage.
Bearer of Coat of Arms: Town

Full name of the bearer: City of Bradford

Where is Coat of Arms installed (short description) ?:
Wall of car park of Midland Hotel. This used to be part of the railway station next to the hotel


Material / Design: Stone

Address:
Midland Hotel car park Kirkgate Bradford West Yorkshire United Kingdom


Web page about the structure where is Coat of Arms installed (if exists): [Web Link]

Web page about the bearer of Coat of Arms (if exists): [Web Link]

Blazon (heraldic description): Not listed

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