The two above proposals for Herefordshire are the work of Philip Tibbetts. The red fields represent the red earth of the county as found in the arms of the county council
The Y shaped white “pall” on both designs is a pun on the name of the River Wye which flows through the heart of the country and is a charge also found on the arms of South Herefordshire District Council
At the hoist is a Herefordshire bull’s head, placed between the arms of the pall to symbolise the fording of the confluence of the rivers Wye and Lugg, an allusion to the River Wye crossing recalled in the county’s name with the element “ford”. In the second version the hoist triangle is blue which may have greater local appeal. The Y shaped pall charge is preferred over a more traditional “wavy stripe” representation of water, as it lends the design greater distinction.
The third proposal reworks the more distinctive elements found in the coat of arms awarded to Herefordshire County Council in 1946
As with those arms, the basic colour of the flag is red to reflect the famed red earth of the county; however, the shade used here is considerably darker than that found in the general depictions of the council arms, to emphasise the distinctive dark rich soil that is so typical of the terrain, as is evident in these photos of Herefordshire fields
As with the council arms, the flag features a depiction of a bull’s head, of the famous Herefordshire breed, which originated in the county before spreading Worldwide and whose colour is also typically a dark reddish brown, with a wide white face. The Herefordshire bull is a typical county theme being used for example as the badge of Hereford United Football Club
and appearing in the insignia of the Hereford Police Choir (left below) and combined Hereford and Worcester fire service (right below)
As on the council arms, three wavy stripes, a blue one between two white ones, represent the River Wye which flows through the county, this arrangement being a typical depiction of a water course on flags and emblems. The juxtaposition of the wavy stripes and bull’s head is different from that found on the arms; here the bull’s head is a large eye catching charge, placed in a prominent spot at the upper centre of the flag. The stripes are located nearer to the bottom of the flag allowing more space for the larger bull’s head to occupy comfortably. This arrangement is also felt to be generally more balanced and aesthetically pleasing. The three elements of dark red field, Herefordshire bull and River Wye are felt to be a concise graphic expression of the county.
Two further proposals from Brady Ells again feature the theme of the Hereford bull, the wavy stripe referring to the “ford” for which the county town, Hereford, is named. The colours are those which have appeared in the arms of both Hereford and Herefordshire councils.
His third design retains many of the elements seen previously. The basic colour of the flag is red to reflect the famed red earth of the county. It also features the head of a Hereford Bull which originated in the locality before spreading Worldwide and which is used on the logos and insignia of many county organisations to represent Herefordshire. A Y shaped white “pall” is a pun on the name of the River Wye which flows through the heart of the country.
Golden Apples – Herefordshire is also famous for its Cider and apple orchards. The county has many local varieties of apples including the golden ‘Herefordshire Russet’ which is depicted on the flag to contrast against the red field, and to maintain the colours of Herefordshire County Council’s banner of arms. Again, apples are used on the logos and insignia of many county organisations to represent Herefordshire.