History of East Sussex County Council

2. Our coat of arms

Our current coat of arms was granted by the College of Arms in 1975 and is based on a design approved in 1937.

It depicts:

  • a saxon crown – a reference to the fact that Sussex means ‘land of the south saxons’
  • a wavy bar – representing the sea and our maritime connections
  • six martlets – heraldic birds without feet, said to represent swallows or house martins. They appear in the arms of several Sussex families but are not exclusive to East Sussex.
East Sussex County Council coat of arms

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