Flag Type:  County Flag
Flag Date:  C17th
Flag Designer:  Traditional
Adoption Route:  Traditional
UK Design Code:  UNKG7408
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  White, Red 186, Yellow 116
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

The flag of Essex is ancient in origin and features three Saxon seaxes on a red field.

9 Responses to Essex

  1. Teraza 13 August 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Does anyone know WHY the flag is designed like this? Im fascinated by my new adopted city (Chelmsford).

    • Rhys Stevenson 12 September 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      The three seaxes are meant to show linkage between the historic county of Essex and it’s derivation of ‘East Saxons’. These three seaxes are supposed to be the coat of arms for the ancient kingdom of the East Saxons, meaning that Essex has Germanic origins.

  2. jasmin Cannon 28 September 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    The Design of the county flag is very impressive and looking new. The Essex flag is the flag of the English county of Essex. It is ancient in origin and features three Saxon Seaxes on a red field. The Pantone colors used in the flag are Red 186, white and Yellow 116 which is traditionally designed. It is a very interesting design.

  3. R. Peeters 10 February 2017 at 5:55 pm #

    Is it possible that these 3 seaxes more or less form the letter E of Essex?

    • Laurie James 5 April 2017 at 3:45 pm #

      I sadly think not, much as I consider that a missed trick! The flag of Middlesex has the exact same configuration, so I imagine the resemblance is only a coincidence.

  4. David 15 April 2018 at 5:06 pm #

    I suspect but don’t know, but that Essex under Saxon rule was divided amongst the King and his sons as 3 distinct areas, Essex proper, including our Suffolk, Cambridge, and Hertfordshire lands ( the Kings? ) London, out to Staines, and Surrey ( meaning southern province in Anglo-Saxon ) sadly Surrey was lost in a series of wars with Wessex who wanted to create a Christian empire below the Thames. But the third seax indicates our right to that land. The seaxe’s are proud, blade up and pointing west indicating our desire to defend (or conquer?) those lands further west of the kingdom?

  5. David 15 April 2018 at 5:39 pm #

    As an aside following my earlier comments, I believe the similarity between the Middlesex flag and Essex flags are due to most of Middlesex being one of the afore mentioned districts or provinces of the Kingdom of Essex. The crown atop the seaxe’s indicate it is a Royal province of Essex.

  6. Geoffrey 6 July 2019 at 7:10 pm #

    Can anyone tell me if this makes sense ? we have Essex, Sussex, Wessex and Middlesex

    and so I understand it this means we have East, South, West and Middle Sex but why no

    North Sex or No Sex?

  7. Tina 20 February 2020 at 5:01 pm #

    My personal view is that this flag is thoroughly outdated and carries a tone.

    I work for Essex County Council and this is our emblem. We have knife crime on the rise and yet we have these distinctive lethal knives as our Essex symbol. I cannot even look up these knives on our Essex Intranet at work as the sites they belong to are banned….all of them!

    The 3 of swords is also a very sad card, full of heartbreak, affairs, third party situations, placing significant others and family as a lower priority compared to more superficial attractions….basically a very sad symbol.

    Energetically speaking……this symbol exudes stale, outdated, set in ways, violence, heartbreak, death, misuse of power and patriarchy….

    Essex is renowned across the world for being shallow, loose morals and low iq….no thanks to ‘Towie’ and the like.

    Food for thought perhaps…

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