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by Jonathan Dixon, 19 September 2010
Bangor University (Prifysgol Bangor) is in Bangor, Gwynedd, next to
the Menai Strait in north-west Wales. It used to be known as the University of
Wales, Bangor, but on 1 Sep 2007, the university abandoned its federal structure
to become a confederation.
The flag of the university, in the form of a banner of arms, can be seen in photos from early 2009 posted on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bower619/3316801380/.
The "other interesting features" section of this page of photos:
http://www.thevista.co.uk/index.php?page=wales_11-University_views taken at
the university suggests that at one point a coat of arms associated with the
university/college impaled the yellow and red quarters with
countercharged lions of the princes of Gwynedd
and Wales with added escutcheon with a rampant
red lion (on a yellow field?). In the current university flag and logo, there is
instead a rampant yellow lion on a pale between the quarters.
There are many rampant lions in Welsh heraldry. The red lion on the carvings is probably a reference to the arms of Powys. The yellow on white of the current logo (which also includes the founding date '1884' at the bottom of the shield) is heraldically incorrect (metal on metal), but in the flag, the white field contains some sort of black markings, and given that the university began in the Penrhyn Arms inn, the arms (per bend sinister ermine and ermines, a lion rampant or, armed and langued gules) of the Pennant family associated with the Barons Penrhyn are quite possibly relevant in some way.
Jonathan Dixon, 19 September 2010