|Crest on a small souvenir jug made of
brass and copper bearing the crest of Nottingham City Council.
ARMS: Gules issuant from the base a ragged Cross couped proper between
two Ducal Coronets in chief Or the lower limb of the Cross enfiled with a
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours a Castle walled triple-towered and
capped proper the dexter tower surmounted of a Crescent Argent and the
sinister tower by an Estoile Or.
SUPPORTERS: On either side standing on a Staff raguly erased a
Royal Stag guardant proper ducally gorged Or. It is probable that the ragged
cross simply refers to the Forest of Sherwood.
The crest is based on the present Seal of the City, which has been in use
since the 15th century. In the Seal the crescent moon and the star are shown
above the towers and not on them. The Royal stags and ragged staves are a
further reference to Sherwood, they replace earlier supporters - two
foresters with longbows - which were considered unsatisfactory.
Motto 'VIVIT POST FUNERA VIRTUS'
-Virtue survives death. Arms recorded at the Visitation of 1614. Crest
granted 10th June 1898, Supporters granted 3rd November 1908 (replacing
those granted 11th June 1898) and Badge granted 7th November 1911.
Coal, wool dyeing, ceramics and brewing (Nottingham was ideal for brewing
due to the large number of caves under the town), were some of the earliest
industries in the town. Although by the mid 18th century Nottingham had a
thriving textile industry, it was the arrival to the town in the late 1760s
of James Hargreaves and later Richard Arkwright that really boosted
Nottingham's cotton and lace industry.