Cheshire

Flag Type:  County Flag
Flag Date:  3rd May 1938
Flag Designer:  College of Arms
Adoption Route:  Regional Organisation
UK Design Code:  UNKG7427
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Blue 286, Yellow 109, Yellow 112
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram
Notes: 

The design is a banner of Arms of the former Cheshire County Council, granted in 1938. The shield displays the trio of golden wheat sheaves on blue which have been associated with the Earldom of Chester since the late 12th century. The shield is the same as that known to have been used as the City arms of Chester in 1560 and which can be seen on the bridge at Eastgate, Chester. From 1779 this shield was occasionally used as the Chester Assay Office hallmark. In reference to the assertion that the Earl held the lands of the County Palatinate “as freely by his sword as the King of England held by his crown” a gold sword was included amongst the garbs, in the arms awarded to the county council, which had taken over the administration of the county.

The design is already widely used by a number of sporting and cultural bodies that represent the county, including in the Cheshire Fire Brigade flag designed in the 1970s by William Crampton – the founder of the Flag Institute. A version of the design is already widely commercially available and publicly flown, including notably at Eland House – headquarters of the Department for Communities and Local Government in 2011. The realisation of the design here is by Graham Bartram.

The flag was registered with the support of a number of regional bodies, including: Cheshire County Athletic Association; Cheshire County Badminton Association; Cheshire County Bowling Association; Cheshire County Cricket Club; Cheshire County Football Association; Cheshire County Water Polo and Swimming Association; Cheshire Local History Association; Cheshire Schools FA; Hoylake, West Kirby and District Civic Society; Marple Civic Society; North West Association of Civic Trusts and Societies; Stockport County FC

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