All municipal images
below belong to the City of Cambridge. They appear on
this unofficial City of Cambridge web site with the
express permission of The Corporation of the City of
Cambridge and may not be reproduced and/or displayed without
their authorization. These images, with their explanations,
are displayed solely for the edification of residents and
for visitors to this site.
The City of Cambridge
crest (shown to the left) was designed by Cambridge citizen, David
Neale. The diagonal through the center symbolizes the city's two
rivers - the Speed and the Grand Rivers. The mill and water wheel
are symbols from the former Galt crest. The wheel is incorporated
into a spinning wheel respresenting Cambridge's well known textile
industry. The seven trees and the clasped hands (symbols from the
Preston Crest) exemplify the unity between the different communities.
The beehive (taken from the former Hespeler crest) symbolizes
Hespeler's union with the communities. The triple arched bridge,
also seen on the city's downtown
banners, was chosen because of the presence of bridges in
each of the former municipalities. As well, there is also an
arched bridge in the City of Cambridge, England. The design
reflects past developments and the present unity of
The picture above depicts the
crest affixed to the municipal archives
building (Old City Hall).
The Chain of Office (see picture below) is made of sterling silver
and was designed and made by Harold H. Muller, a painter and silversmith
from Guelph. The chain includes ten shields linked by stone set links which
support the two medallions. Each of the ten shields has a different motif
depicting an item of significance in the history and character of
- The Shuttle
a symbol of the importance of the spinning and weaving mills in the
early economy of the area.
- The Gears
a symbol of industrialization of the area.
- The Beaver
a symbol of the fauna found in the area as well as the symbol of
- The Water-Wheel
a symbol of the early mills around which the towns in the area grew and to
which the pioneers took their grain to be ground and sold.
- The Wheat Sheaf
a symbol of the prominence of agriculture in the surrounding area.
- The Pioneer Hydro Mill
a symbol of the enterprise and foresight of people in developing the
- The Beehive
a symbol of the industry of the people.
- The Maple Leaf
a symbol of Canada.
- The Plow
a symbol of the labour of the people.
- The Trillium
a symbol of Ontario and the flora of the area.
The Main Medallion supports
the City Crest or Coat of Arms (picture to the right). The Chain of
Office for the City of Cambridge as shown above, may be viewed on
request of the City Clerk at 50 Dickson Street,
from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Chains of Office for
the former City of Galt and Towns of Preston and Hespeler are on
display on the 3rd Foor of City Hall, 46 Dickson Street and may be
viewed by the public from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.