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Northamptonshire (England)

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[Flag of Northamptonshire] image by Jason Saber, 13 September 2014

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Description of the flag

The Northamptonshire flag is the winner in a competition. It features the claret and gold colours of the county cricket and other sporting teams; the black fimbriation recalls the county’s important leather industry, whilst the rose has been used as a county symbol for several centuries. The distinct form of the rose has been especially created for use on the flag to distinguish Northamptonshire’s rose from that found on many other county flags.

The unveiling took place on Thursday September 11th at the County Hall, Northampton. The flag was raised by the county’s Lord Lieutenant David Laing. The designer of the winning flag, Brady Ells was seen standing next to it.
Jason Saber, 13 September 2014

There was no overall winner as designer. There were two people who came close, Ian Chadwick and Brady Ells, and the panel overseeing the project also agreed that Emma Rayif should be given a mention.
Johnnie Amos, 25 October 2014

In an article at, we learn:
The council decided to create the flag during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, when they attended a garden party at Burghley House and were asked to bring their county flag. They realised that many other counties had flags, but that Northamptonshire did not have one of its own.

The final design was chosen through a public vote, from ideas submitted by school pupils, individuals and community groups. One design came from as far away as Australia. The colours are maroon and gold which are the colours of the county cricket club and also the football club. It's a gold cross on a maroon background and that signifies that they are at the crossroads of England. The cross is edged in black and that signifies the leather industry, and in the middle is the Northamptonshire rose, uniquely designed for Northamptonshire because it has always been the rose of the Shires.

The flag was raised on 25 October 2014, to coincide with Northamptonshire's first ever County Day, also created as part of the project. The council chose 25 October as it is St Crispin's Day, the patron saint of shoes. Northampton is famous for its shoe-making history.
Dave Fowler, 15 November 2014

Flag Type: County Flag
Flag Date: 11th September 2014
Flag Designer: Brady Ells & Ian Chadwick
Adoption Route: Public Vote
Aspect Ratio: 3:5
Pantone® Colours: Maroon 201, Gold 123, Black, Maroon 222, Green 354
Valentin Poposki, 30 June 2020

County Council flag

[Flag of Northamptonshire] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 October 2010

Northamptonshire County Council flies the coat of arms on a white field in a traditional shape which would not look out of place alongside the Union Flag, with no addition of words at County Hall in Northampton, as in this flickr image:
Colin Dobson, 6 October 2010

Ratio 1:2, to match the Union Jack based on an original photo by Flickr user MajorClanger.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 October 2010

Northamptonshire is a landlocked county in the English East Midlands, with a population of 629,676 as at the 2001 census. It has boundaries with the ceremonial counties of Warwickshire to the west, Leicestershire and Rutland to the north, Cambridgeshire to the east, Bedfordshire to the south-east, Buckinghamshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the south-west, and Lincolnshire to the north-east – England's shortest county boundary at 19 metres (21 yd). The county town is Northampton." - from Wikipedia:
Valentin Poposki, 6 October 2010

I would suspect from the photographs supplied, it looks like a really odd shaped flag, in fact it doesn't even look like a flag at all, more like something hastily printed on to a square piece of material, so as to take advantage of the recent announcement that all county flags are to fly in London outside the Department of Communities and Local Government and just to make sure someone recognises us we'd better add the words Northamptonshire County Council to it.
Colin Dobson, 6 October 2010

Variant flag with text

[Flag of Northamptonshire] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 October 2010

The flag of the Northamptonshire County Council, England, GB, consists of county coat of arms on a white background, and "Northamptonshire" above, and "County Council" below. It can be seen on a two photos here:

The coat of arms is shown in Wikipedia:
Valentin Poposki, 6 October 2010