Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Yorkville Coat-Of-Arms

This is the coat-of-arms visible on the clock tower in yesterday's pic. It was originally installed on the Yorkville Town Hall, which was located around the corner on Yonge St, when the hall was built in 1859. The Village of Yorkville became part off Toronto in 1883 but I'm not sure when the town hall was demolished and the coat-of-arms moved to the firehall. The symbols represent the occupations of the first councillors of the village - a brewer, a bricklayer, a carpenter, a blacksmith, and a butcher.
The letters below each symbol stand for the last initial of the respective councillor. The Beaver is the official animal of Canada and has been used on coats-of-arms since the 1600s.
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26 comments:

Sharon said...

A very interesting coat of arms. I like the beaver on top too.

Karen said...

They had all the bases covered! Love the beaver on the top!

llandudnopictures said...

It's a very impressive and well put together coat of arms. Interesting that it ended up at the firehall!

Andy said...

Nice historic momento from Yorkville's past. I would have picked the brewer to be my friend ;-0

Marleen said...

These objects are always full of history, nice to hear about it!

LĂșcia said...

It is nice to know these workers were not forgotten! ;-)

Lesley said...

Maybe I am having a dumb moment, but I cannot figure out what the letters stand for! The councillors seem to represent the more useful occupations of the village.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a cool history lesson wrapped up in one piece of art!

EG CameraGirl said...

Even Yorkville had simple beginnings! :)

Gerald (SK14) said...

a quintet of essential occupations

Lowell said...

Pretty impressive. What or who does the beaver represent? Maybe the fur industry?

thirtysevenandcounting said...

What a great piece of history and a beautiful fire hall (below).

~Lindy

Deb said...

What great symbols, especially like the carpenters plane. Interesting story too.

Kay said...

I love this! Most of the coats of arms I've seen have seemed a little esoteric. This seems very down to earth.

William Kendall said...

Quite impressive, and quite Canadian!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love how the coat of arms seems to be embossed on the wall! Eye-catching and beautiful!

TexWisGirl said...

ah, thanks for explaining the beaver. i went back thru the list of professions trying to fit that in there somewhere. :)

Jack said...

It is interesting that they have frozen in time this one council, in a very personal way.

Randy said...

Looks heavy.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That's exactly how a coat of arms should be Pat, relevant to the times it was designed.

Luna Miranda said...

great details, and yes, heavy.
it's interesting to note the occupations of the first community leaders.

Tanya Breese said...

interesting!

JM said...

I love coat-of-arms and their symblos.

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

That is so fascinating, I was wondering about the cow when I first saw the shot.

Michael Rowland said...

I remember going to yorkville in the 60s to listen to bands, one called the Vendetta, they played r&b covers in a small club on east side of avenue rd a couple of doors north of yorkville,

Hilda said...

I love it when people explain the coat of arms that they post! Thank you. :)