A Flag For Hampshire


This design retains the rose and crown pattern used in the county for several centuries in various guises. The county has long been associated with the theme of rose and crown, One account holds that the rose was granted by King Henry V after the battle of Agincourt. Another theory traces the rose to Edmund, Earl of Lancaster, brother of King Edward I who also had many estates in Hampshire. When the Duchy of Lancaster was joined to the crown in 1399 the crown was added to the rose. An alternative idea is that it was awarded to the county by John of Gaunt but whatever its precise origin , it is evident that the “rose and crown” motif is a device of some antiquity, reflected in the widespread use of the name “Hampshire Rose” throughout the county, with the oldest reference of a crown and rose apparently dating from 1681. Additionally, the “Hampshire Rose” is widely used in the arms of Hampshire people and places; for example the rose bearing arms of “Winchester College” and ”New College”, Oxford derive from the arms of William of Wykeham, a celebrated local bishop and roses appear on the civic arms of Petersfield and Southampton, Fareham and Rushmoor.

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 19924.1.1

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,

Hampshire Crown

symbolising exactly the same Alfredian legacy as intended in the 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

Hampshire flag


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.

Blue and Red are further used as the corporate colours of Hampshire County Council
and appear in the badge of the Hampshire Rugby Football Union
and Bowls Hampshire
The Tudor rose appearing on the flag is inverted, with a red rose emplaced on a white one
This unique Hampshire variation of the Tudor rose has appeared on the badges of;
Hampshire Constabulary,
Hampshire County Amateur Swimming Association
HMS Hampshire
  HMS Hampshire
, the Royal Hampshire Regiment
royal hampshire regiment
and Hampshire Yeomanry
Hampshire Yeomanry
This flag has also been manufactured
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Michael Jacobs’s version has a green upper stripe
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which, he explains, represents the country’s hills, while the lower blue stripe stands for
the Solent. The thin white stripe reflects Hampshire’s ubiquitous chalk terrain. The same inverted Tudor Rose, as previously described, appears on the lower blue stripe. This flag too has been manufactured.
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An entirely different design from Mike Jacobs features the locally celebrated theme of the Hampshire Hog, a term that may have derived from the wild boar that once roamed the large swathes of forest across the county
This flag has also been manufactured.
Hampshire’s inverted rose also appears in two proposals from Philip Tibbetts

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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 below with 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.
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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                       .



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