skip to main content

ABC Flag Blog

All about county flags from the Association of British Counties

Historic Counties Blogs
Search for:

» Blog

Statutory regulations liberalising the flying of flags.

A new set of regulations removing the bureaucracy surrounding the flying of flags in England ( The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 ) has been enacted. This new ruling has defined categories of flags that no longer require planning … Continue reading

County Flags At Westminster

In 2014 ABC member Brady Ells, conceived the idea of Historic County Flags Day as an occasion to celebrate the nation’s historic counties through the flying of flags. The inaugural “County Flags Day” was Wednesday, 23rd July, 2014, chosen because it was the anniversary of … Continue reading

Sutherland Flag

The Sutherland flag won a vote held in late 2018 to select a flag for the county. The design is a combined saltire and Nordic cross symbolising Sutherland’s early history as a Scottish territory under Viking control. At the point where the arms of the two … Continue reading

5 November 2017 17 January 2019 one response


The county of Sutherland conducted its flag competition in September 2017. The county is now set to become the fifth of thirty-four Scottish counties to secure its own distinct flag and the third mainland county to do so, following its neighbour Caithness in January 2016 … Continue reading

9 October 2017 one response


The flag of Suffolk is a banner of the traditional arms of Saint Edmund, the county’s patron saint. the Flag Institute agreed to register the design in September 2017, following its display by Suffolk County Council on the inaugural “Suffolk Day”, June 21st 2017 and … Continue reading

7 October 2017 9 October 2017 start the discussion


The Flag Institute agreed to register Oxfordshire’s flag in May 2017 but only finalised a design which it deemed satisfactory on October 9th 2017. The original registration request was submitted in February 2017. The design of white wavy stripes representing the River Thames, against background … Continue reading

7 October 2017 9 October 2017 start the discussion

Staffordshire county flag.

The Flag Institute has announced today that the design submitted by the Staffordshire Heritage Group is the winner of the online poll to choose a flag for the county. The design, a traditional pattern associated with the county for several centuries, won with 72.84% of the vote. Congratulations … Continue reading

28 March 2016 one response


Warwickshire’s flag was registered in August 2016 following a campaign to see the county acquire a registered flag, which gained the support of a dozen county organisations and the sanction of the county’s Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff. The bear and ragged staff have long been associated … Continue reading

31 March 2015 31 August 2016 start the discussion


The Cambridgeshire flag was created by Brady Ells and registered on February 1st 2015, the day it was announced as the winning design in a competition held to select a flag for the county. The competition was organised by adventurer and campaigner Andy Strangeway in … Continue reading

Cambridgeshire Flag Competition Underway

The public vote for the Cambridgeshire Flag competition has now commenced and will close at 18.00 on Wednesday 31 December. Vote on Andy Strangeway’s website: Design A The wavy light blue stripe represents the river Cam/Granta; it is crossed by a vertical dark blue stripe … Continue reading


Whilst the county of Bedfordshire has no long standing symbolic tradition, a coat of arms was created for the county council in 1951 which combines the three escallops or shells on a black field from the arms of the Russells, Dukes of Bedford with the … Continue reading

5 August 2014 7 November 2014 start the discussion

Contact Us • Terms & Conditions • M Fielding Design Copyright © 2011- The Association of British Counties.