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Tamworth, Staffordshire (England)

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[Flag of Tamworth, England] image located by Valentin Poposki, 9 December 2011
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The crest of Tamworth Football Club retains the original arms of the town. The Borough Council now uses a stylised logo depicting the outline of a white swan on the Rive Tame in front of Tamworth Castle on a green background.

The following description is taken from
ARMS: Per fess Azure and Gules a Fess Vair between in chief a Saltire and in base a Fleur-de-Lis Or.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours in front of a Mount Vert thereon a representation of Tamworth Castle proper two Swords in saltire Or.
SUPPORTERS: On the dexter side a Bear Argent muzzled Gules collared and chained Or and on the sinister side a Lion Gules crowned Or.
BADGE: A Saltire Or surmounted by a Fleur-de-Lys Azure.
Granted 1st May 1965.

The gold saltire on blue is from the arms of the Kingdom of Mercia. When Offa came to the throne of Mercia in 757 AD, he made Tamworth his chief residence and built a palace there. Shortly after the Norman Conquest, William gave the royal Anglo-Saxon castle of Tamworth and its lands to his Royal Steward, Robert de Marmion. It was the Marmion family, who built the stone castle and the vair is from their arms. The fleur-de-lys is from the Borough Seal and probably derives from the arms of Elizabeth I, by whom the town was incorporated. The crossed sword in front of a representation of Tamworth Castle, represent the office of Champion of England, held by the Marmion family. The crowned lion, is like one of the supporters of the arms of Staffordshire County Council and the chained bear, is like that in the arms of Warwickshire County Council. Tamworth was previously situated in both counties; the boundary ran through the centre of the town along the main streets, until 1889 when the town was transferred wholly to Staffordshire.
Andrew Milner, 4 September 2002