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 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 the proposed 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.
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 .