The moorhen – a reference to the family name of Moorby.
The Reed Hook
The moorhen holds a reed hook used by weavers to take up ends in the loom in its claw.
Represents the town of Nelson where the Moorby and Reed families were based.
The House of Lancaster – a reference to the 15th century War of the Roses.
The source of the family’s wealth.
The union of the two most powerful textile families through marriage in the 1930’s.
The letter ‘O’
A pun on the village name of Blacko, where the family’s fourth weaving mill was located.
‘Per vigore ed arte’ translates to ‘through perseverance and skill’. The family name is inserted in the motto – vigore ed.