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The Badge of South Cerney

posted 12 Jun 2015, 10:38 by Robert Cowley   [ updated 15 Jun 2015, 16:08 by South Cerney ]

This badge, not a Coat of Arms, depicts several features, buildings and organisations in the village

The central logo is that used by Ann Edwards Church of England Primary School.  It depicts from the bottom, the river Churn and the water of the many lakes in the parish.  The water is spanned by a bridge representing the one in the centre of the village which was built many years ago with money donated by Mrs Ann Edwards who also built our first school.

On the bridge sits a tower.  This could represent either the ancient castle which was demolished many centuries ago or the tower of All Hallows Church.

The three crowns could also represent two different sets of buildings.  The original designer probably intended to show that there are three manor houses, Atkyns, Chapter and Cerney Manor but most folk in the village firmly believe the crowns are for The Royal Oak, the Old George and the Eliot Arms, our three public houses!

Over the central shield is the roman soldier’s helmet supporting the golden key with the Roman numerals XXIX translated to 29 being the insignia of the British Army’s 29 Regt Royal Logistics Corps based at the Duke of Gloucester Barracks situated within the parish boundary.

The gold and scarlet surrounds have no specific purpose.  They are there because I think they look good!

Mike Stuart

June 2015.