The Flag Institute has registered a county flag for Hampshire.
The flag design is based on the banner of arms granted to Hampshire County Council in 1992. It is comprised of a bi-colour of yellow and red with a rose and crown – colours and emblems that have been associated with the county for centuries. The Saxon Crown is in reference to Hampshire’s early English history, with Winchester being the Capital of the Wessex. Many types of rose have been used to symbolise Hampshire over the centuries, The flag contains a rose of three tiers (red, white and red) to reflect this variety.
The registration of the flag was proposed by a number of local organisations, including Hampshire Hockey Association and the Lymington and District Historical Society. Huge thanks are due to ABC Flag Officers Jason Saber and Brady Ells who were instrumental in the initial development of the flag and throughout the lengthy and complex process of gathering support.
ABC Chairman Peter Boyce said “This is terrific news. We hope to see this wonderful new flag flying throughout the whole of Hampshire – from the seafront at Bournemouth to the funfair at Hayling Island – from Blackgang Chine to Tadley Memorial Hall – from Ashley Heath to Petersfield. A wonderful way for everyone to celebrate their beautiful county.”
This registration means that Herefordshire and Leicestershire are now the only counties in England which do not yet have a registered flag.