Poole (Dorset)

Flag Type:  Town Flag
Flag Date:  31 March 2020
Flag Designer:  Traditional
Adoption Route:  Town Association
UK Design Code:  UNKG7544
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  White, Black, Yellow 109, Stone 4545, Red 485
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

The Poole Flag is a community flag proclaiming the unique identity of this Dorset town and its people.

The Poole Flag draws its design elements from the Poole Coat of Arms, whose origins are traceable to a 14th-century town seal. The arms were first confirmed during a heraldic Visitation in 1563 and reconfirmed by the College of Arms in 1948.

The wavy black and gold bars represent Poole Harbour and the town’s maritime activity. So, too, does the dolphin, ‘king of the sea’. The three scallop shells are the symbols of St James, and of pilgrims to his shrine at Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. Many English pilgrims sailed from Poole for Compostela. St James is also the patron saint of Old Poole’s parish church.

The following communities in Dorset have registered flags: Isle of Purbeck, Poole and Portland.

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