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Eric Wright Special Projects has returned a coat of arms of the old Fylde Rural District Council.

The crest was situated on the former council office building which was pulled down to make way for a new development of 24 detached three and four-bedroom homes by Applethwaite.

The ‘College Coat of Arms’ was granted to the council by letters patent dated 20th July 1954 and in 1981 permission was granted for Fylde College of the University of Lancaster to adopt the coat of arms as its own.

Featuring a green background which represents the Fylde of Lancashire, windmill sails coloured gold to recall the former prosperity of the district through agricultural activity and a red shield that symbolizes the red rose of Lancashire, the coat of arms is also decorated with two circles with blue waves which characterize the rivers Wyre and Ribble.

The motto ‘”Gaudeat Ager” is translated as “Let Fylde Prosper”.

Chris Evenson, director at the Eric Wright Group, said: “We always take care during the demolishment process and this project is no exception.

“To uncover something with such interesting historical significance is an honour and we’re delighted to have returned the coat of arms to the rightful owners.”

Councillor Alan Clayton, councillor for Medlar-with-Wesham, said: “This is an important part of rural Fylde’s heritage and I am grateful that Applethwaite has saved it for posterity.

“Fylde Council will now keep it safe and try to incorporate it into a suitable project in the future – perhaps in a regeneration project or a park which I hope will be in the Wesham area where it originated.”

Known widely in the Lake District for creating luxury homes, Applethwaite has broadened its range of housing, with an emphasis on new-build family homes in small developments to appeal to a wider market.

Built to high standards, the Applethwaite homes at Wesham will include spacious living rooms, quality kitchens with integrated appliances and bathrooms with designer sanitary ware. All properties will also have en-suite mater bedrooms, generous bathrooms and either an integral or detached garage.

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