The arms were officially granted on April 5, 1937.
The green and white colours of the arms echo the county’s pasture-lands and chalk downs. The stripey field also recalls the arms of the city of Salisbury. The canton bears the dragon badge of Wessex. The crest has the great bustard which is now extinct in England. It is claimed that Wiltshire was its last refuge, but this disputed heraldically by Cambridgeshire.
The arms were not officially granted, but registered during the visitation of 1565.
The arms show the local castle, which was founded by Roger, Bishop of Salisbury during the reign of King Henry I.
1796 Wiltshire Devizes Baster Conder Halfpenny Token
Obverse: Shield of Arms, THE ARMS OF THE TOWN OF DEVIZES *
Reverse: A stag. I . BASTER . DEVIZES WILTS. Ex: 1796
Edge: Milled over PAYABLE IN ANGLESEY LONDON OR LIVERPOOL
D&H Wiltshire No. 2a
1796 Wiltshire Holt Conder Halfpenny Token
Obverse: A figure of Fame standing, blowing a trumpet. HOLT . WILTSHIRE MINERAL WATER * DISCOVER’D 1688
Reverse: SOLD | AT THE | SPA HOUSE | HOLT | BY D.
ARNOT | PROPRIETOR. & BY INO. GRIFFITHS
NO. 27 ST. ALBAN’S STREET LONDON *
D&H Wiltshire No. 3
Salisbury’s arms were recorded in 1565 and 1623, but may already date from the 13th century.
The shield is one of those very simple early coats which probably carry no meaning, and it is not known why double-headed spread-eagles were adopted as supporters.
1796 Wiltshire Salisbury Sharpe Conder Halfpenny Token
Obverse: View of a church, CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF SARUM
Reverse: The Grocers’ Arms, supporters, &c., the date 1796 under, FINE TEAS &c.
Edge: PAYABLE AT I & T SHARPES SALISBURY — X —
D&H Wiltshire No. 21
Rated as RRR (extremely rare) in D&H