Civic history and traditions
The City 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'.