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Town Coat of Arms on Rawson Quarter – Bradford, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 47.725 W 001° 45.333
30U E 581970 N 5961478
Quick Description: This version of Bradford’s town coat of arms from 1874 are at the top of the wall of the old Rawson Market on James Street in the centre of Bradford.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/12/2013 11:05:32 AM
Waymark Code: WMHTAN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
Rawson Quarter
These coat of arms are carved in stone on the pediment of the old Rawson Market. It was built in 1874 and below the coat of arms the date is displayed.

The market was renovated in 2006 and the interior rebuilt and turned into a number of small retail outlets. The historical wall was retained, and modern shops installed into the frontage. The name of the building was changed to Rawson Quarter to reflect its new design. The Coat of Arms
This is the town coat of arms that were granted in 1847. Bradford became a city in 1897, but did not receive the grant to change their coat of arms until 1907 and so this building which was erected in 1874 has the town coat of arms.

It takes the form of a shield with 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 14th 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: The Town of Bradford

Where is Coat of Arms installed (short description) ?:
On top of the pediment above the entrance to the old Rawson market building.

Material / Design: Stone

Godwin Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom BD1 3QQ

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

Blazon (heraldic description): Not listed

Web page about the structure where is Coat of Arms installed (if exists): Not listed

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