This design retains the rose and crown pattern used in the county for several centuries in various guises. A combined rose and crown symbol was used in heraldic badge form (similar to a company logo)
by Hampshire council, without legal sanction, before it received a formal grant of arms in 1992
The 1992 award included a gold royal crown on a red field, over a red tudor rose on a gold field. This proposal, from Jason Saber, replaces the “royal crown” with a specifically Saxon crown as a reference to the county’s association with the era of Alfred the Great and his capital of Winchester. Such a crown also appears in the full achievement of arms used by the council,
symbolising exactly the same Alfredian legacy as intended in this proposed flag. This flag is promoted at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hampshire-Flag/148058315336078 and is supported by the Wessex Society http://www.wessexsociety.org/ . It has now been manufactured
The basic theme of crown and rose, long associated with the county, features in a few further variations which similarly retain the Saxon type crown in recognition of Wessex.
This version from Brady Ells, uses red and navy blue colours, highlighting the county’s long military connection. The red band at the top, represents the British Army bases in northern Hampshire around Aldershot and Andover, whilst the navy blue band represents the the Royal Navy bases around Portsmouth in the south. Red and blue also feature in the kits of Hampshire football clubs Aldershot Town, AFC Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton.
This flag has also been manufactured
Hampshire’s inverted rose also appears in two proposals from Philip Tibbetts.
He opts however, to retain the form of crown that appears in the corporate logo of the Hampshire County Council, combined with the red on white rose as a single charge on the flag. In both proposals red, navy blue and sky blue (celeste) stripes echo the British joint services flag, with these colours representing the army, navy and airforce as found in that flag. This colour scheme recalls the county’s military associations as described above. Two versions aligned both vertically and horizontally are suggested.
Four ideas are presented by Paul Lindsay, shown here in illustrations by Daniel Raudulv.
As detailed above blue and yellow are common with many Hampshire sporting clubs e.g. Hampshire cricket club, Portsmouth football club etc. The yellow also represent the county’s beaches and the wavy division alludes to the county’s coastal position. The red Tudor rose, as described, appears on many badges and logos and the arms of Hampshire County Council. As with the three above proposals, a Saxon crown appears on the blue division for reasons previously outlined. The three stripes in the hoist allude to Hampshire being the birthplace of all three of the armed forces, Navy, Army and Airforce. Paul’s second proposal removes these hoist stripes.
The third and fourth proposals have the same symbolism but replace the Saxon crown with a white open book in recognition of Hampshire being the birthplace and home of two of the world’s most famous authors, Charles Dickens and Jane Austin
If adopted, the designs with the hoist stripes would make Hampshire vexillologically noteworthy, being only the second flag in the World to have three shades of blue after Sabah in Malaysia!