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image by Pete Loeser, 12 May 2021
This flag is presently in use at the Dordon Village Hall.
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Dordon Village is a civil parish located in the North Warwickshire, a district of the larger Warwickshire. Locally it is governed by the Dordon Parish Council, although some services are provided by the larger North Warwickshire Borough Council. Dordon Parish had a small but thriving farming economy before the Roman Period dating back to the Iron Age. During Roman times an important Roman road, today known simply as Watling Street since its original Latin name has been lost, passed through the parish and there still remains evidence of early Roman coal mining in the area today.
During Anglo-Saxon times the area continued to develop and thanks to Sir William Dugdale, who published his Antiquities of Warwickshire in 1656, we have a clear picture of the early medieval settlements of the Parish of Dordon. His book provides a list of all the settlements and hamlets then within the Parish of Polesworth. Polesworth is a larger nearby village and civil parish, also in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire. An excellently detailed Look Back at Dordon's History can be found on the Dordon Parish Council website.
In the following centuries, the village of Dordon itself would for the most part remained small and fairly quiet, once described as little more than a row of buildings along Watlings Street. The present parish was actually made up of two villages, the hamlets of Hall End and Dordon, and had two Medieval manors, and an Elizabethan Hall at one time. In more recent times a Blue Bricks and Tile Works provided a boost to the local economy, and remains of the worker's barracks can still be seen. Because there had been notable growth, both in the size and population of the village, especially in the 1920s Dordon would became a civil parish in its own right in 1948.
The present parish was made up of the two ancient hamlets of Hall End and Dordon and has the remains of two Medieval manors and an Elizabethan Hall in the parish. The community has two primary schools and a high school, a historic parish Church of England named the Saint Leonard Church (built in 1868), and a Congregational church named Dordon Congregational Church (built in 1908). Today a war memorial exists in Dordon dedicated those who served in both World Wars, and in 2019, a heritage trail covering the central part of the village was made possible by a grant from North Warwickshire Borough Council, and visitors can now enjoy its rich and colorful history in a village walking tour. (Download or read "The Dordon Heritage Trail" as a pdf file here)
In 2021, a special bench and plaque were added on the Dordon green opposite the war memorial in the village in remembrance of one particularly bad World War II bombing raid. In June of 1941, the German Luftwaffe, on its way back from one of its nightly bombing raids on the cities of Birmingham and Coventry jettisoned bombs across North Warwickshire including Dordon, killing 8 people, including 3 children.
Pete Loeser. 17 January 2022
image located by Valentin Poposki, 7 April 2010
The Dordon Parish Council sponsored a flag contest in April of 2010. From the story appearing in the local newspaper:
image by Pete Loeser, 17 June 2021
Unfortunately, with staff changes in the parish and local newspaper, this contest seems to have been forgotten and no actual flag was ever made or flown.
I did received this response to a message of inquiry to the Parish Council:
It is also unfortunate that the name of the young student who won the design contest was misplaced or not recorded. (I assume the prize money was awarded)
Although there was a competition for a flag, to my knowledge it was never adopted as a logo or flag for the village, which is a pity. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
Cllr Beverley Garratt, 14 June 2021
image located by Pete Loeser, 12 May 2021
This is the Dordon Parish Council Logo currently being used on their website. It has drawings
that appear to represent the Dordon Parish Church, mining equipment, and a hay stack on it. As far as can determine it is being also used on a white field as their flag.
Source: Dordon Parish Council Website
Pete Loeser, 12 May 2021