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The flag retains the rose and crown pattern used in the county for several centuries in various guises. The county has long been associated with the theme of rose and crown. In the Great Hall in Winchester a round mediaeval table is positioned on a wall



In 1889 Hampshire County Council (HCC) was established, and in 1895 it adopted the recognised county badge of combined rose and crown symbol as a heraldic badge (similar to a company logo)


although without legal sanction, before it received a formal grant of arms in 1992


One  theory regarding the combination of rose and crown suggests that it came about because of Edmund, Earl of Lancaster, brother of King Edward. He brought Somborne Hundred in the county, into the Earldom of Lancaster, establishing a connection between Lancashire and Hampshire. He is believed to have changed his father, Henry III’s original golden rose to a red one. This symbol subsequently passed down through descent and marriage, to Henry of Bolingbroke who took the crown as Henry IV and converted the Duchy of Lancaster into an appendage of the Crown, as the personal fief of the reigning monarch in 1399, this being symbolised by the adding of the crown to the rose emblem.

Winch rose

and that on the council’s arms

Hants CC Rose.png


The 1992 award of arms to the Hampshire County Council included a gold royal crown on a red field, use of the “Royal Crown” requires a special warrant, obtained for the council’s arms with a specific remit for this deployment. Such a warrant does not extend to its hoisting by the public, the Royal Crown may only be used with permission, as highlighted in this incident. The proposed flag thus replaces the “Royal Crown” with a specifically Saxon crown as a reference to the county’s association with the era of Alfred the Great and his capital of Winchester. Such a crown also appears in the full achievement of arms used by the council,

Hampshire Crown

symbolising exactly the same Alfredian legacy as intended in the proposed flag.

The flag is promoted here.


The basic theme of crown and rose, long associated with the county features in a few further variations – both of which retain the Saxon type crown in recognition of Wessex.

Brady Hants

 This version from Brady Ells, uses red, navy blue colours, highlighting the county’s long military connection. The red band at the top, represents the British Army bases in northern Hampshire around Aldershot and Andover, whilst the navy blue band represents the the Royal Navy bases around Portsmouth in the south. Red and blue also feature in the kits of Hampshire football clubs  Aldershot Town,  AFC Bouremouth, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Blue and Red are further used as the corporate colours of Hampshire County Council Captureand appear in the badge of the Hampshire Rugby
Football Union  and and Bowls Hampshire
The Tudor rose appearing on the flag on the flag is inverted, with a red rose emplaced on a white one
This unique Hampshire variation of the Tudor rose has appeared on the badges of Hampshire Constabulary  Constab , Hampshire County Amateur Swimming Association  HMS Hampshire  HMS Hampshire , the Royal Hampshire Regiment royal hampshire regimentand Hampshire Yeomanry  Hampshire Yeomanry  .
This flag has also been manufactured
Brady's Hants

 Michael Jacobs’s version has a green upper stripe
Hampshire Jacobs

which, he explains, represents the county’s hills, while the lower blue stripe stands for the Solent. The thin white stripe reflects Hampshire’s ubiquitous chalk terrain. The same inverted Tudor Rose, as previously described appears on the lower blue stripe. This flag too has been manufactured.

Tudor reversed

An entirely different design from Mike Jacobs features the locally celebrated theme of the Hampshire Hog, a term that may have derived from the wild boar that once roamed the large swathes of forest across the county.

Jacobs Hampshire Hoghog

Hampshire’s inverted rose also appears in two proposals from Philip Tibbetts.

Tibbetts Hampshire 1    Tibbetts Hampshire 2

He opts however, to retain the form of crown that appears in the corporate logo of the Hampshire County Council, combined with the red on white rose as a single charge on the flag. In both proposals red, navy blue and sky blue (celeste) stripes echo the British joint services flag, with these colours representing the army, navy and airforce as found in that flag. This colour scheme recalls the county’s military associations as described above. Two versions aligned both vertically and horizontally are suggested.


Four ideas are presented by Paul Lindsay, shown here in illustrations by Daniel Raudulv.

Lindsay Hampshire 2Lindsay Hampshire 3

As detailed above blue and yellow are common with many Hampshire sporting clubs e.g. Hampshire cricket club, Portsmouth football club etc. The yellow also represent the county’s beaches and the wavy division alludes to the county’s coastal position. The red Tudor rose, as described, appears on many badges and logos and the arms of Hampshire County Council. As with the three above proposals, a Saxon crown appears on the blue division for reasons previously outlined. The three stripes in the hoist allude to Hampshire being the birthplace of all three of the armed forces, Navy, Army and Airforce. Paul’s second proposal removes these hoist stripes.

The third and fourth proposals have the same symbolism but replace the Saxon crown with a white open book in recognition of Hampshire being the birthplace and home of two of the world’s most famous authors, Charles Dickens and Jane Austin

Lindsay Hampshire 1Lindsay Hampshire 4

If adopted, the designs with the hoist stripes would make Hampshire vexillologically noteworthy, being only the second flag in the World to have three shades of blue after Sabah in Malaysia!

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