|Romford Borough coat of arms, on the outside of Tweed Way Hall, February 2003.|
The Roman eagle and the waves are a pun on the name Romford (Roman ford) - although it actually comes from the Old English for roomy or wide ford.
The gold ring recalls the legend that Edward the Confessor gave a gold ring to an old beggar (St. John in disguise), and that this is the origin of the name Havering (have ring).
The king's association with the area is also recalled by the Saxon crown.
The crest depicts the gatehouse of the royal palace at Havering-atte-Bower, taken from the seal of the Liberty of Havering, whilst the crossed swords are for the county of Essex.
Read a first-hand account of how the coat of arms was designed.
See also the entry for Romford Borough on the Civic Heraldry website.