Black Country

Flag Type:  Regional Flag
Flag Date:  14th July 2012
Flag Designer:  Gracie Sheppard of Redhill School, Stourbridge
Adoption Route:  Popular Vote
UK Design Code:  UNKG7425
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Black, White, Red 186
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

The design was the winner of a competition run by the Black Country Living Museum.

The flag features a chain to represent the manufacturing heritage of the area whilst the upright triangular shape in the background recalls the iconic glass cones and iron furnaces that featured in the architectural landscape of the area. The red and black colours recall the famous description of the Black Country by Elihu Burrit that it was “black by day and red by night” owing to the smoke and fires of industry.

5 Responses to Black Country

  1. Lee Garrett 3 June 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    Great to have our own flag and last, a brilliant design that will help cement our identity, well done Gracie ! 😀

  2. Paul 25 April 2015 at 8:41 am #

    This has really caught on – you see it all over. Well done!

    • Alan broadhurst 22 June 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      Why can’t you buy a black country flag in walsall

  3. Jonathan Staten 7 March 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    I love the Black Country. I am so proud to be from here and it shall be sad to leave in September when I move to Cornwall. But I will take this flag with me and parade it with pride because it is such a wonderful representative of my home.

  4. David Fisher 3 December 2019 at 12:35 pm #

    Well, it’s quite a striking design and, like all good flags, not too elaborate. I’m a bit uncomfortable with the colour scheme though and would have it adjusted. Red and white and black is often called “bold” and as such favoured by those strident, expansionist, dictatorial organizations which demand obedience, brook no dissent and want to control you and your life, like the Nazi party and Manchester United. It would be better to replace the red with orange, which is the actual colour of the glow from the furnaces which the red refers to. Plus we’ve often called things “red” in the past which we’d now describe as “orange”. It would actually improve the flag too. Meanwhile I hope the Wolves & Baggies fans will be wearing the emblem when their team is playing at Old Trafford.

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