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Chains of office

Deputy Lord Mayor's Chains of Office

The Deputy Lord Mayor has their own Chain of Office.

Insignia

The Insignia consists of a silver gilt and hand painted enamelled jewel depicting the Coat of Arms, mounted on a yellow enamelled backplate, suspended from a silver gilt chain of 24 links, 12 being of "G" pattern and 12 in the form of a Tudor Rose.

Interpretation

The shield is a simple expression of the history of the Gower Peninsula under its principal lords. The peninsula, represented by the triangle amid blue and white waves, bears the gold lion and crosslets on blue of of the de Breos family, the crosslets also being part of the arms of the Beauchamp Earls of Warwick, the lordship having frequently changed hands between the two families.

Above the shield is the closed helm proper to civic arms, with its decorative mantling or tournament cloak in the liveries of the de Breos family, blue and gold.  Upon the helm is the crest. At the base of the crest is the "rural crown", or coronet of ears of wheat and acorns, representing rural pursuits and natural beauty which is assigned only to rural districts. 

From this rises a mound of heath appropriate to a large part of the district and a reference to Mrs Heath, the donor of the arms and insignia. Upon this stand further emblems relating to the Gower lordship. The white lion is that of the de Mowbrays who inherited the lordship from the de Breos family, and also the Herbert Earls of Pembroke who acquired it from the Mowbrays. He holds a Maltese cross for the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, who held lands in Gower, and the crest is completed by the golden portcullis of the Somerset Dukes of Beaufort, the last lords of Gower.

The motto "Gloria Ruris Divina" ("The glory of the country is of God") has the initials G.R.D. (Gower Rural District).

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