At Garth Cottage Bed & Breakfast, you will be given a very warm welcome to a family-run guesthouse in the ancient and picturesque village of Symonds Yat.
For a break in a most beautiful part of the British Isles, Symonds Yat is perfectly placed for visitors to explore the Wye Valley, Monmouthshire, South Herefordshire and the Forest of Dean. The area holds great fascination for visitors with a very wide range of interests. From relaxing and taking in the wonderful scenery of the area, through to active pursuits like canoeing, climbing and cycling, there is activity for people of all ages and abilities.
Artists and photographers are particularly drawn here to make their own personal record of the history and beauty of the Wye Valley or the Forest of Dean. Walkers are able to explore Offa's Dyke and the Wye Valley Way among many other great routes, some well-trodden, others little known but very rewarding.
The crests of South Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and the Forest of Dean are part of this page's header, with details of the heraldic tradition shown on the local area page. They will give an insight into why this destination is immensely popular with visitors from all over the world.
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Home page, Garth Cottage Symonds Yat South Herefordshire. Arms
: Vert a Pall Argent in chief a Leopard's Face jessant de Lys Gold.Crest
: On a Wreath Or and Vert, a demi Figure representing Demeter affronty proper crined and wreath about the temples with Ears of Corn habited in a flowing sleeveless Gown Gold holding aloft in her dexter hand three Ears of Corn between two Poppies slipped proper and with the sinister hand grasping to her front a Serpent undulating head to the dexter Vert; Mantled Vert doubled Or.Motto
: 'FIDELIS SAPIENS JUSTUS' - Honest, thoughful, just.
The arms were officially granted on February 29, 1988.
The principal figure in the shield is the shape of Y, and this is the pallium or pall and can be seen as an allusion to the River Wye. It has also been suggested that perhaps it could refer to Symonds Yat. The Y itself is in fact silver coloured to suggest the surface of the water.
The pallium also occurs in some ecclesiastical arms and can, therefore, be seen as a reference to the Diocese of Hereford. The arms of the Diocese includes the ancient device of a leopards head reversed with the fleur-de-lis, and in fact was included as part of the Coat of Arms of St. Thomas de Cantilupe, Bishop of Hereford from 1275 to 1282.
The leopard's head has been placed between the arms of the pallium to suggest the way in which the district encloses the city and the cathedral.
The figure in the crest represents Demeter, a Greek Goddess, sister to Zeus. Demeter was depicted in the badge of the Ross and Whitchurch Rural District Council. Demeter is the Greek Goddess of Agriculture and is seen with representations of corn and poppies, and she is also usually accompanied by a snake. She symbolises, of course, the pastoral nature of much of the district, as does the colour green which is the background to the shield.
The motto "Fidelis Sapiens lustus" denotes "honest" (honest in their deliberations), "thoughtful" (thinking all matters through) and "just" (just in their decisions).
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