Our latest non playing signing

Written by Peter Pitts on 24th August 2017

We would like to introduce to you our latest non playing signing - Sir William Wyvern.Image

The Wyvern appears on the Sittingbourne and Milton urban District council coat of arms and also of course on our badge. The actual coat of arms is copyright so can’t be reproduced here but the web site http://www.civicheraldry.co.uk/kent_ob.html reports that the gold background, the colour of royalty, refers to the area's royal connections, through the Royal Manor of Milton and the Elizabethan charters granted to Sittingbourne. The lion recalls the ancient Red Lion Inn, an important place on the Dover Road, especially in coaching days. Here Henry V is reputed to have been entertained on his triumphant return from Agincourt. ImageThe wyvern (our mascot) was used as a device by the Milton Regis UDC and the later Council before arms were granted. It indicated the defences made by the area's ancient inhabitants against Danish and later invaders. The scroll of parchment refers to industry, and the town's paper making industry in particular. The blue chief refers to water, which has played an important role in the life of the area, whether for ancient fisheries, navigation or modern industry. The Saxon crown indicates that Milton was a royal manor as far back as the days of King Alfred. The shells recall the valuable fisheries of Milton, dating from the oyster fisheries in Roman days. Also as the emblem of a pilgrim, they refer to the fact that Sittingbourne was a stopping place on the road to St. Thomas à Becket's shrine at Canterbury.
ImageThe mound is a reminder of the value of the land, not only for agriculture but also for minerals. The tree points to the fact that Sittingbourne is the centre of cherry growing, it is said that the first cherries were planted in England at Teynham, near Sittingbourne, by Henry VIII.

A Wyvern is a legendary creature with a dragon's head and wings, a reptilian body, two legs, and a tail. Apparently the Games of Thrones “Dragons” are actually Wyverns!! And also appear in the Dungeons and dragons game. Dragons have 4 legs whilst Wyverns have two.

Say hello next time you see Sir William!

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