What is the meaning behind Gnosall Parish Council's Badge of Office and logo?
You have probably seen the above logo on our Council publications and our attractive badge of office worn by the Chairman. On the other hand, you may not know what it represents and how it was chosen.
In the 1980s it was decided to purchase a badge of office for the Chairman from a prestigious firm of jewellers who deal in these badges for councils across the country. Their designers asked councillors to come up with ideas for what could be put on the badge. The result was adopted as not just the design for the badge but also for the Council's logo.
In the top left hand section there is the gridiron on which St Lawrence was martyred, to represent our Gnosall church.
In the top right hand section there are two items representing the railway which used to go through the Parish of Gnosall, one being a railway line, the other a signalling token.
Below on the left are a yoke harness and a sheaf of wheat to represent agriculture, and on the right for local industries a bag of flour (because it is said that self-raising flour was first produced here in Coton Mill) and a teddy bear (because there used to be a teddy bear factory opposite the Methodist Chapel).
These four sections are brought together with a cross on a shield.
So the badge and logo reflect our local Gnosall history, our heritage and our rural setting in a unique design that we can be proud of as a community.