Coat of arms of
Greater Manchester County Council
ArmigerGreater Manchester County Council
BlazonGules, ten Towers three two three two, all within a Bordure embattled Or
MottoEver Vigilant

The Coat of Arms of Greater Manchester County Council was granted to the Greater Manchester County Council upon its formation in 1974 by the College of Arms. The county council was abolished as a consequence of the Local Government Act 1985 which rendered the arms as being no longer officially in use.[1]


The blazon of the arms is described as follows:[2]


Logo of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Although the coat of arms is no longer in use by authorities, variant segments of the arms are still used today, such as the badge of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service whose arms bear a defaced version of the shield without the gold crenellations trim, and the crest which is also used by the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force, a demi-lion carrying the banner. A banner based on the shield from these arms was also sometimes used as the flag to represent the area.

The current Greater Manchester Combined Authority does not use the symbols of the former Greater Manchester Council, instead using a wordmark consisting of its initials and full title.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "31 March: 1986: Greater London Council abolished". On this day 1950–2005. BBC. 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  2. ^ *Frangopulo, Nicholas Joseph (1977). "Preface". Tradition in action: the historical evolution of the Greater Manchester County. EP Publishing. ISBN 0-7158-1203-3.
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