Warenne Checks

Flag Type:  County Flag
Flag Date:  C13th
Flag Designer:  Traditional
Adoption Route:  Traditional
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Gold 116, Blue 286
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

The gold and blue checky pattern the family of William de Warenne following the creation of the Earldom of Surrey in 1088, possibly being inspired by one of the earliest French heraldic arms. An account from the siege of Caerlaverock Castle in 1300 testifies that the checks appeared there in flag form representing the Earl of Surrey.

Although the de Warenne line died out in 1415 the checks went on to become associated with the county – being the basis for many county society emblems, constituting civic arms and even used unofficially by the county council before they received formal arms.

Many local bodies supported the registration of the checks and have already flown them as a traditional flag for Surrey, collated and co-ordinated by Danny Clarke. Namely: Surrey County Amateur Swimming Association, Surrey Cricket League, Surrey Independent Football Association, Caterham Valley Parish Council, Cranleigh Parish Council, Dorking Local History Group, Godalming Town Council, Godstone Parish Council, Guildford Society, Haslemere Town Council, Horley Town Council, Lingfield Parish Council, Richmond Society and Tandridge Parish Council


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