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On Haslingden’s coat of arms the motto ‘Nothing without Labour’ sits below a shuttle, cog and pick, representing local industry.

Also shown are the Irwell, a red rose of Lancashire, a lion and eagles representing two ancient local families and sprigs of hazel, the trees that gave Haslingden its name.

Coats of arms were developed in the late 19th century for each Rossendale town.

Rawtenstall’s was ‘He prospers who labours’ and Bacup’s ‘Honour and Industry’.

The contents of the coats of arms will have reflected the interests of those with influence locally, generally industrialists. Interestingly all the mottos celebrate work, and all are in English and so understandable by ordinary people. Important aspects of working people’s lives such as religion. music and sport, are not represented at all.

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