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The Armorial Bearings of the County Council of Powys - Granted 2 March 1984

 

 

The Local Government Act 1972 saw the re-development of Wales with eight entirely new Counties for each of which new Arms were created

 

The three Counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Brecknock (Breconshire) were amalgamated to form the County of Powys and new Arms were designed and blazoned as follows:

 

Shield: Per chevron bevilled Or and Sable three Fountains proper 2 and 1

 

The Black Mountains and mining are represented by the base element of the Arms, with the upper gold section symbolising the new County’s wealth, with the Fountains alluding to the rivers and waterways and are three in number to represent the three former Counties that make up Powys.

 

Crest: On a Wreath Or and Sable rising from a Tower Sable masoned Argent a Red Kite Or semee of Lozenges Sable grasping in the talons a Fleece all Or

 

The Red Kite and black diamonds refer to the local wildlife and mining whilst the tower is an indication of the castles and military connections in the area.

 

The fleece held by the Kite, taken from the Arms of Montgomeryshire and shown as a sheep dangling in a strop, refers to the rich woollen industry of Montgomeryshire, which was home to some rare breeds of sheep renowned for their exceptionally fine fleeces.

 

Mantling: Sable doubled Or

 

Motto: Powys Paradwys Cymru – Powys Paradise of Wales

 

The motto 'Powys Paradwys Cymru', also taken from the Arms of Montgomeryshire, is attributed to the sixth century poet Llywarch Hen[1] .

 



[1] Haslam, Richard, Powys (Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire, Breconshire), (London: Penguin Books, 1979) p.28