Imagery in the Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
The crest is taken from the former borough of Malden and Coombe. The shield showing three salmon on a blue background is the ancient coat of arms of the former Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, recorded in 1572 and 1623. The three salmon represent three fisheries which are mentioned in Domesday Book.
The shield also represents the former borough of Malden and Coombe's connections with the Crown and Merton College, Oxford. The image of the stag reminds us that Richmond Park is next door. The supporters are those of the former Borough of Surbiton, with its shield hanging from their necks.
The elm in the shield recalls the ancient Hundred of Elmbridge, and the stags, which link thematically with that in the new crest, are those of the Coutts family.
The whole coat of arms rests on a grassy base edged with waves, symbolising the Royal Borough's situation on the Thames, and preserves virtually intact the heraldry of all the constituent boroughs.
The badge displays the Kingston salmon surrounded by leaves from the Surbiton elm and the Malden and Coombe bay, and surmounted by a Saxon crown in reference to the Royal Borough's title.