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The weathervane in Wetherby - situated by the River Wharfe.  Photo: Georgina Collins.

 

The weathervane in Wetherby.  An existing telegraph pole was used to erect this weathervane - created as part of efforts to revitalise the area around the town's weir.  Photo: Georgina Collins.

 

The weathervane in Wetherby - Wetherby Coat of Arms.  This coat of arms comes from the former Wetherby Rural District Council,  and was the first such arms to be granted by the College of Arms to a rural district council.  Photo: Georgina Collins.

 

 

 

The Weathervane of Wetherby

Artist Unknown

Genre: Sculpture

Article by: Georgina Collins - First Published: 30/09/2011

The weathervane in Wetherby is situated by the River Wharfe. The weathervane was created as part of efforts to revitalise the area around the town's weir, an area which is now popular with residents and visitors alike.

The weathervane in Wetherby, situated by the town's river, was erected after the restoration of the weir, which began in 1982. An existing telegraph pole was used by Jack Taylor, Clerk of Works for Wetherby Weir Preservation Trust, to which he also added the Wetherby Coat of Arms.

This coat of arms comes from the former Wetherby Rural District Council, abolished in 1974, and was the first such arms to be granted by the College of Arms to a rural district council, in January 1939. Within the design is a representation of a castle (Wetherby did briefly have a 'rebel' castle, without the permission of the King or Parliament - from 1140 until 1255), a 'castrated ram' (which was known as a 'Wether', and the old English word 'Werebi' also refers to a sheep fold) and two ears of corn, representing the town's agricultural history.

The writing on the coat of arms reads, Imperium in Imperio, "An order with an order", although the translation is open to interpretation. This has also been read as, "Government within government", and "Wheels within wheels".

The coat of arms below the weathervane is due to be replaced by the town council in 2012.

The weathervane was created as part of ongoing work to improve the town's weir, and the area is now a popular spot for families, couples and individuals to spend an hour or two of their spare time. The restoration of the weir, and the addition of benches, a band stand, a sculpture and a weathervane have all combined to improve this part of Wetherby significantly.

 

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Credits to:

http://www.wetherby.co.uk/favourites/weir.php4

http://www.georgina-collins.com/

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