How many of these historic county flags can you name correctly?


FLYING the flag doesn’t just mean proudly displaying the red, white and blue in all its glory. July 23 is Historic County Flags Day, when the symbols of 50 UK administrative authorities will flutter around Parliament Square in London.

But while the Union Jack is a familiar sight, do you know your county or local banner – and how many others can you identify? Here, GRANT ROLLINGS challenges you to fathom out the flags from their history – and two set of clues.


1. Next to black, a white cross may look a little pasty – which is an idea for lunch[/caption]


2. The swords are called ‘seaxes’ – which when chopped up gives you the county[/caption]


3. Bird is a bustard, reintroduced to the county but liable to wilt in recent heat[/caption]


4. Well, it’s not Notts, for a start – that might stoke up a little local rivalry[/caption]


5. A place of square-jawed locals. Given time and we’re sure you’ll get this one[/caption]


6. If the red rose looks a bit battered it’s probably because it’s been in the wars[/caption]


7. If you can’t suss six birds on a flag then it’s clear you’re just coasting mentally[/caption]


8. We’ll stick our necks out and bet a couple of bucks you’ll get this swan[/caption]

If you're flaggging

STILL struggling to pin down our pennants? Then we’ll run some clearer clues up the flagpole.

1) The white cross on a black background is said to represent white tin flowing from the black rock.

2) The seaxes were used by Saxons who invaded this eastern county after crossing the Channel.

3) This county recently reintroduced great bustard birds to its chalk downlands – near a world-famous stone circle.

4) Known for its bull terrier, and historically for its potteries.

5) Blue castle on Tyne is this area’s biggest city.

6) The red rose emblem contrasts with neighbouring Yorkshire’s white.

7) There are two counties, East and West, under this flag’s six gold martlet birds.

8) The swan with a crown round its neck is because the county bred the birds for England’s reigning monarchs.

Answers: 1) Cornwall; 2) Essex; 3) Wilts; 4) Staffs; 5) Tyne and Wear; 6) Lancs; 7) Sussex; 8) Bucks

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