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QUERY: Honiton town seal

Posted on by royvickery |

The town seal of Honiton, east Devon, depicts what seems to be honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum, though the plant it has also been identified as Madonna lily, Lilium candidum.  The earliest known record of the seal’s use is 1640.

Any alternative identifications of the plant, or suggestions about why it might be used on the seal, would be greatly appreciated –

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