Gloucestershire

Severn Cross

Flag Type:  County Flag
Flag Date:  March 2008
Flag Designer:  Jeremy Bentall
Adoption Route:  High Sheriff
UK Design Code:  UNKG7413
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Green 360, Cream 7402, Blue 300
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram
Notes: 

The ‘Severn Cross’ flag was the winner of a competition organized by the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Jonathan Carr.

2 Responses to Gloucestershire

  1. Rod Gay 25 April 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    Having lived in Gloucestershire all my life (born Stow on the Wold, now in Cheltenham) I can’t but regard this flag as an insipid, wishy-washy design that does nothing for the majesty and gritty reality of my home county. No surprise that the so called High Sheriff should choose for us. No democrat he!
    OK he can retain the cross and the green of the fields and the blue of the sky (the Severn is always a muddy brown) but there should be black for the coal of the Forest of Dean instead of the wan light brown, which does no justice to the rich colour of Cotswold stone. Other counties often include an emblem in their design. There are several possibilities for Gloucestershire. Think sheep.
    Gloucestershire is not just about holiday homes and royal residencies. It has a long and proud history which this flag does little to celebrate.

  2. Jeremy Bentall 6 January 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    I have only just come across this site, hence the delay in responding. Forgive my bias, however, I did design the flag and resent the “insipid” remark. Flags need to have a simple design – no more than 2 to 3 colours. A diagonal cross seemed too much like the Scottish flag, hence the horizontal blue cross. I believe the colours work well – unfortunately, the shade of green on my original design is not what you often see represented on reproductions! I believe the design is vibrant and attractive. It does not have to represent aspects of the county’s history/culture – Gloucestershire does not have a monopoly on sheep! It’s simply a symbol for Gloucesterhire folk to “rally round” which to me is most important. As for the addition of an emblem, the diocese do transpose their coat of arms and it was suggested the Gloucs symbol could be placed centrally. I believe the cost of doing so was a major stumbling block? I don’t think the flag has been well publicised. This may be in part to its undemocratic selection. Using local radio to organise a vote to choose from 3 or 4 designs would have been more inclusive.

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