Coat of arms of the London Borough of Haringey

The coat of arms of the London Borough of Haringey is the official heraldic arms of the London Borough of Haringey. The arms were granted on 10 May 1965,[1] after the mergers of the former Municipal Borough of Hornsey, the Municipal Borough of Wood Green and the Municipal Borough of Tottenham. Unlike most other London boroughs, it was decided not to create arms based on the charges in the coats of arms of the former boroughs.[1]

Coat of arms of Haringey
ArmigerMayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey
Adopted10 May 1965
MottoProgress with Humanity

The coat of arms are coloured black and gold, representing stability. The only charges on the escutcheon are eight lightning rays issuing from the centre of the shield. The rays are intended to "symbolise action reaching out to the boundaries of the borough", while also representing Alexandra Palace television station from which the first regular broadcasts in Britain began in 1936.[2][3]

The crest, depicted on a helm above the shield, consists of a cogwheel for industry and a rising sun for the new borough.[2]

The arms is used in the mayoral regalia of the borough. The mayoral chain has the heraldic achievement hanging in a badge made out of 18 k gold and enamel, with the text "The London Borough of Haringey MCMLXV". The chain has stylized H's and hares sitting within laurel wreaths. The hares represent the name of the borough, since Haringey is believed to mean "a meadow of Hares".[4]

The football club Haringey Borough F.C., founded in 1973, uses a logo (or "crest") similar to the arms but fashioned in green and with the club's name instead of the borough's motto.[5]

The blazon reads "Sable eight rays issuing from the fess point throughout Or and for the crest on a wreath of colours in front of a demi-sun in splendour or a demi cogwheel sable".[6]

The borough has a simple badge described as "Eight Rays" [as in the arms].[1] A flag is used which looks like a banner of arms but with the tinctures reversed, so that it has eight black rays on a yellow field.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Civic Heraldry of England and Wales: Haringey lb
  2. ^ a b "Coat of Arms". London Borough of Haringey. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  3. ^ "The story of BBC Television - The contest". BBC. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  4. ^ "The Mayoral Regalia". official homepage of former Mayor Sheila Peacock. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  5. ^ Clifford Rhodes, Assistant Secretary at Haringey Borough F.C. "Haringey Borough F.C." Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  6. ^ Briggs, Geoffrey (1971). Civic and Corporate Heraldry: A Dictionary of Impersonal Arms of England, Wales and N. Ireland. London: Heraldry Today. p. 192. ISBN 0900455217.
  7. ^ Jonathan Dixon (31 August 2006). "London (England): Haringey". Flags of the World. Flags of the World. Retrieved 22 December 2013.