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July 17, 2012

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CAMBRIDGE SYMBOLS

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.

City of 
Cambridge Crest 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 Cambridge.

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 Cambridge.

  • 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 Canada.
  • 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 area.
  • 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.
City of 
Cambridge Chain of Office

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.

City of 
Cambridge Crest - Coat of Arms

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.





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