“decorative elements, such as the coats of arms of the provincial cities where the Prudential had its offices, were not inspired by Gothic”

Above: Holborn Bars, 138-142 Holborn, London EC1, built between 1876 and 1901.

*from: “A Sense of Security: 150 Years of Prudential” (1998), by Laurie Dennett

“The Tudor rose was adopted by Henry VII as England’s emblem of peace at the end of the War of the Roses, the civil wars between the royal house of Lancashire, who wore a red rose, and the royal house of York, who wore white.” (Funny How Flowers Do That)
“The crest (on the badge below) is from the 1899 Anglo-Australia team although this name is slightly misleading as the team was in fact a British representative side that toured Australia…The final logo at the bottom of the badge is a pair of crossed leeks, a national emblem of Wales.” (World Rugby Museum) “Although the daffodil has been associated with Wales since the 19th century, the leek pre-dates it as a national symbol by thousands of years.” (History Extra)
“Ireland’s association with the shamrock grew from the 18th century onwards, in a similar way to other associations like a rose for England, a thistle for Scotland and a daffodil for Wales. It is said that, as part of his missionary work, Saint Patrick used a shamrock. Explaining the Holy Trinity – where God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three persons in one god – Saint Patrick used the shamrock as a metaphor – which has three leaves in one leaf.” (Europeana)
“The thistle was adopted as the Emblem of Scotland during the reign of Alexander III (1249 – 1286).” (Susanna Moodie)

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