Stepney, England — Our Sister City
Stepney Green [England]
The Stepney Green was the next stop. It consists of 14 acres surrounded by attached residents (row homes) and is located in the geographic center of all the Ward’s of the Tower Hamlets. The Green is used as a gathering place for the community’s inhabitants for festivals and picnics. It is a wonderfully open grassed area suitable for youth sports.
The Crest — Stepney, England
This is the earliest known crest of Stepney, London, England. It was obviously created during or shortly following the life of Stepney’s patron saint, St. Dunstan.
The Crest: On a silver and blue wreath are the battlements of a tower with two gold anchors positioned crosswise. The tower represents Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, to which Stepney was formerly appurtenant for military purposes. The anchors stand for the great Port of London of which the Stepney docks, wharves and warehouses were part of the early development, of which the maritime folk of Stepney had no small share.
The banner on the bottom of the crest displays, “A MAGNIS AD MAIORA”, translated into today’s English is “FROM GREAT THINGS TO GREATER”. This motto was adopted and incorporated into our Stepney, Connecticut Crest.