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Berkshire (England)

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[Berkshire, England] image by Jason Saber, 24 May 2017

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Description of the Flag

A new county flag will soon appear on the UK Flag registry, the county flag of Berkshire, as seen below and attached. Full details regarding this design are available at The flag is described on the British Flag Registry.
Jason Saber, 24 May 2017

Berkshire’s flag was registered on February 27th 2017 following declarations of support from twenty-four local organisations, backed by the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, James Puxley. The flag features the traditional hart (stag) and oak theme associated with the county for several centuries, which appears on the badges, emblems and logos of a large number of county organisations. The hart and oak refer generally to the forestlands of Berkshire and specifically to the legend of a late 14th century royal huntsman named Herne the Hunter. Legend has it that after various nefarious deeds by his jealous rivals, this one time favourite of the king was dismissed from royal service and distraught, he hanged himself from an oak tree which was then struck by lightning. The hart is “one of the manifestations of his restless spirit” and, according to Michael Drayton’s poem of 1627, a banner with this badge, or something very like it, was carried by the men of Berkshire at the Battle of Agincourt “Barkshire a Stag, vnder an Oake that stood”.

Research conducted by Brady Ells, located and identified a seal used by the former Berkshire County Council before its formal acquisition of arms in 1947, which depicted the hart and stag emblem, in both monochrome seal and coloured versions BERKS CC SEAL.png , where a naturally brown stag, stands under a similarly naturally coloured, oak tree, with leaves and surrounding grass, set against a field of gold. The latter colour perhaps being a reference to Berkshire’s status as a “Royal County”, owing to the presence there of the principal royal residence, Windsor Castle. The seal is present on this 1912 image of the commemorations for the royal visit to Hungerford, affixed to the sign over the street Hungerford shield where the light coloured background against which the hart and oak are placed, is evident. The specific colours of the county seal also appeared on the engines of the county fire service.
Jason Saber, 24 May 2017

Flag flown at Department for Communities and Local Government/a>

[Berkshire, England] image located by Colin Dobson, 7 October 2010

See also the Department for Communities and Local Government stream on flickr: where they have a set of county flags. Berkshire is full of unitary authorities these days, so I'd be interested if anyone knows the genesis of that one, as there is no authority as such to promote a flag.
Colin Dobson, 7 October 2010

County flag proposal

[Flag Proposal for Barkshire, England] image located by Jason Saber, 8 April 2009

A web page at displays the county arms and comments on a flag proposal.
Valentin Poposki,
26 December 2006

From the website:

Berkshire has never had a flag, although the county council occasionally used a stylised monochrome version of the two lions under a crown. Organisations in the county, on the other hand, have always used the white hart beneath its oak, as supposedly used at Agincourt, and this may be seen in logos and flags of various designs and colours, such as those of:
  • The Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Football Association
  • The Berkshire Cricket Board
  • The Berkshire Federation of Women's Institutes
  • The Berkshire Lawn Tennis Association
  • The Reading Rugby Football Club
  • The Royal Berkshire Regiment
  • The Royal County of Berkshire Bowling Association
Having been approached by a number of organisations concerning this matter, RBH offers the design [on the website] which may be freely used by interested parties. The overall design is loosely based on the Welsh National flag and the Buckinghamshire arms, which both have animals before two coloured bands (although Buckinghamshire's are vertical). The colours of blue and white are taken from the old county arms, but are also used by Reading Football Club and may be seen as representing the River Thames. The circular form of the golden deer and oak is similar to that used by both the Royal Berkshire Regiment and the Berkshire Federation of Women's Institutes. The colour of gold on blue (and white) is again mirrored from the old arms and may be seen to represent Royalty as well as the Autumn colours of the oak illuminated by a lightning strike.
David Nash Ford, 29 March 2007

The designer of the flag on the web page mentioned above appears to have taken the device from the helmet plate of the Royal Berkshire Regiment as seen here: and put it on a blue and white background. This explains the circular shape of the emblem.
Laurence Jones, 30 December 2006

A web site now exists to promote this flag:
Jason Saber, 8 April 2009

Two lions flag

[Barkshire, England] image located by Ian MacDonald, 14 July 2010

This flag is being marketed for Berkshire. The commercially available flag shows the two lions along with the crown atop them.
Ian MacDonald
, 14 July 2010