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County Flags

The "pinwheel" star symbol indicates the flag is listed in The Flag Institute's UK "County & Regional" Flag Registry and can be flown without special planning permission.

Counties existed as up to the Local Government Act 1888 (effective 01 April 1889, and fully effective sometime in 1890) which reformed the traditional local government of 39 Counties, transferring the local government powers into new local government bodies called "County Council" and "County Borough Council". In reality, the counties were abolished, and from that time in England never again had local governments called "County".

Thus the 39 counties that existed prior to 1889 are now known as "Historical" or "Traditional" Counties. However, they are not local governments, and have no governing functions. The flags for these 39 counties are modern flags for historic territories that once were main administrative-territorial entities, which ended in 1889. These counties ceased to exist and were never created again.

Note: Beside these 39 historical counties, England has also a number of so-called "Ceremonial" counties, but that is a story for another time. Ceremonial counties don't have governing bodies and some of them are also historical counties, but, as I said, that is the story for another day.

Valentin Poposki, 22 July 2020


Municipal Flags

The "open" star symbol indicates the flag is listed in The Flag Institute's UK "City & Town" Flag Registry and can be flown without special planning permission.