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Cromford, England

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Cromford Parish Council

[Cromford Parish Council] image located by Valentin Poposki, 9 August 2019

Clem Wilson, a long time resident of Cromford, designed the flag in 2008 and, in 2010 a number of flags were produced, using his original design. These have been displayed throughout the village on festive occasions ever since.

Clem Wilson designed the flag with the history of the area in mind. The mill, millpond and wheel represent the influence Sir Richard Arkwright had not just on the village, but on the whole world when, as, you know, in the late 18th Century, he built a series of mills in the Cromford area which have subsequently been recognised as the first factories in the world resulting in Cromford being recognised as a World Heritage Site.

The next step was to get the design registered with The Flag Institute. The Flag institute is the UK's leading research and documentation centre for flags and flag information. The Institute is also the largest vexillological membership organisation in the world. The Flag Institute also maintains and manages the national United Kingdom Flag Registry.

After discussion with the Communities Vexillologist at the Flag Institute a design was approved by him and the Chief Vexillologist. They were extremely helpful and endlessly patient. The major changes made were to the colour scheme of the flag which needed to have a specific meaning and significance.

The colour scheme of the flag is a double representation, following both the scheme of the Derbyshire County flag (registered with the Flag Institute in 2006 as a result of a Radio Derby campaign), and also, by a lucky coincidence, echoing the colour scheme of Sir Richard Arkwright’s coat of arms.

The individual colours therefore have the following double meaning:
Derbyshire County flag (from Flag Institute registry info) -
   Green = fields of Derbyshire
   Blue = the rivers of Derbyshire
   Gold = a representation of quality

Sir Richard Arkwright’s’ coat of arms colour scheme has the following meanings (from
   Green = cotton bush
   Blue = the water to drive his mills
   Gold = the wealth that cotton bought to the Arkwright family and to the area

The precise pantone colours of the Cromford flag have been set as follows: Blue 542, Gold 137, Green 354, White, Grey 426.

Valentin Poposki, 9 August 2019