this was granted as recently as 1955, it is a summary of the town's
The Shield is in blue and gold, the livery of the earldom and
County of Chester. The cross in gold represents Cross Town and
the sheaves above and below it are for Over and Nether Knutsford.
The fleur-de-lis at each side are for Toft and Tabley and the
ancient Leycester families. Above the shield the blue and white
waves with a crown are for Canute's Ford.
The crest has a red walled crown for Halton Castle with the
diamonds from the arms of William Fitz Nigel, the Norman baron
of Halton who held the manors of Knutsford, Over Tabley and half
of Tatton and Peover (together with many other lands in Cheshire).
The Red Lion is from the arms of Egertons and Leighs and the
necklace of flowers around his neck represents May Day. The Book
in his hand is for Elizabeth Gaskell and for the ancient Grammar
The motto Respice, Aspice, Prospice is that of the Holland family
meaning 'Look to the Past, Present, and the Future'.
Elizabeth Gaskell's mother was born Elizabeth Holland and her
her uncle, Peter Holland lived at Church House, Toft Rd (the present
Hollingford House), with his daughters Mary and Lucy. His son,
Sir Henry Holland (born 1788), became friend and doctor to six
prime ministers and was present at the death bed of Queen Caroline
and Prince Albert; his son, also Henry, became Lord Knutsford
and said he first considered Lord Cranford for his title! There
is still a Lord Knutsford.