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Durham is a city about 30 km south of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; it has a really magnificent
church (a striking Norman cathedral). The flag is a banner-of-arms and shows a red cross (fimbriated white) on black.
Marcus Schmöger, 24 September 2001
The City of Durham has a simple and attractive shield which is widely seen on
official notices, sign-posts, litter bins and other street furniture, etc.
It is a red cross on a black field, fimbriated white. There is at least one
place where this appears as a flag, in the market place outside the Council
offices. The flag is severely tattered, being little more than half its original
length, but it looks as though it is 1:2.
Note that Durham also gives its name to the county of which it is the 'capital'. The county has a coat of arms which incorporates what is known as the 'St Cuthbert's Cross'. This also appears in other coats of arms, but not in any flags or banners of arms which I have seen, with the possible exception of a rather unsatisfactory flag which was flying at Durham Castle, which is now part of the University of Durham. It was a maroon field with a coat of arms, including separate a motto, stuck in the middle of it - not at all heraldic.
André Coutanche, 29 October 2004
The University of Durham pages about arms and mottos of the various colleges
and of the University itself is at
This has a
photo showing a square green flag with a cross, a lion and an x on it.
Jan Mertens, 20 November 2008
The flag which appears on the Flicker link is generally to be seen hanging
vertically and indoors rather than outdoors. There is a large version of the
flag in Durham Cathedral; this is the first time I have seen it flying outdoors
Ron Lahav, 21 November 2008