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It replaced the unregistered Coat of

Arms which had been used for many

years by the former Horwich Urban

District Council.

It features a deer and a huntsman,

reminders of Horwich as a royal hunting

forest in the Middle Ages, two red

Lancashire roses separated by a pair of

black railway lines depicting the railway

industry of Horwich, and the cross of

the Pilkington family. Bishop Pilkington

was one of the founders of Rivington

Grammar School now ‘Rivington and

Blackrod High School’.

The Latin motto “Copia est Labor”

roughly translates as “Industry brings


The actual heraldic description of the

Coat of Arms on the Grant of Arms

reads “Vert a Hart courant proper

gorged with an Ancient Crown on a

Chief Or between four pallets two and

two Sable all between two Roses Gules

barbed and seeded proper and for the

Crest on the Wreath Argent and Gules

a huntsman habited and drawing in his

bow all proper”.

Horwich Town Council

Coat of Arms

The Horwich Coat of Arms was granted to Horwich Town

Council as a Successor Parish Arms on 1 September 1975

and presented to the Town Council in March 1976.