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Civic history and traditions

The City Arms

Canterbury City Coat of arms


Canterbury’s coat of arms is medieval in origin and appeared on official documents dating back to 1380. The coat of arms depicts a heraldic leopard (signifying Canterbury’s royal status) and three black choughs taken from the arms of Thomas Becket.

The coat of arms reads: 'Argent Three Cornish Choughs Two and one Sable Beaked and Legged Gules on a Chief of the Last a Leopard Passant Gardant Or'.