A couple of speciality beers have been produced by local breweries, as a direct result of the registration of a county flag, in Dorset and County Durham. These beers have been specifically produced by local breweries to celebrate the adoption of the flag.
Some others brews are either named for the county flag or use it as part of the beer label’s design or general identity.
In other cases the names of local ales refer to emblems or devices which have subsequently appeared on newly registered flags, or their labels incorporate such locally resonant emblems as part of the design. In Cornwall’s case the flag itself is the acknowledged symbol, which has represented the territory for a long time and appears on many Cornish ales and other produce too. For Hampshire there is as yet no flag but the Hampshire rose is an acknowledged county symbol which may well appear on a future county flag. There are also several beers bearing the regional flag of the Black Country on their labels. In Cumberland’s case there’s a cider rather than a beer!
Use of these symbols and names is a reflection of local pride and an affirmation of the local identities of or our counties.
Beers produced in celebration of the adoption of a county flag.
County Durham – Cuthbert’s Cross
Beers which feature a (newly) registered flag as part of the beer label’s design or general identity.
Beers which include a symbol from the county flag on the label.
As can be seen in the individual articles on county flags, sports clubs frequently include locally meaningful devices which have been utilised in county flags on their badges or logos. Football clubs in particular follow this practice, especially smaller amateur clubs that have strong community ties in the county where they are located, making a focus on such usage interesting. The notable restoration in 2015, by Manchester City, of the red rose of Lancashire to its club badge.
is particularly noteworthy. The new ‘old’ design asserts the club’s heritage and geography as a Lancashire club. The move followed a similar decision to feature the Lancashire rose as part of the club’s badge taken by fellow Lancashire club Bolton Wanderers FC in 2013
Cheshire club, Stockport County, similarly restored the three wheatsheaves (garbs) and sword as found on the county flag, to its club badge in 2015.
Some other clubs, both professional and non-league with county devices on their club badges;
Aylesbury Town’s badge is basically the county flag with an added football!
The Cross of Saint Piran that is Cornwall’s flag is proudly featured on the badge of Truro City
The county’s famous trio of seaxes appear on the badges of non-league clubs, Grays, Maldon and Tiptree and Tilbury.
Kent’s rampant stallion appears prominently on the badges of non league clubs, Bromley, Tunbridge Wells, Welling United, Margate, Sheppey United, Rochester, Bexley Invicta, Erith and Dartford and Folkestone Invicta.
It is also present on the badge of professional outfit, Gillingham
Barrow, located in the Furness portion of Lancashire, proudly sports the red rose on its club badge
The county’s famous seaxes appear on the badges of many of its football clubs.
Enfield FC and its successor Enfield 1893, have a vertically divided badge with the crown and seaxes on the observer’s right, while Wealdstone’s badge includes them in the bottom left canton of a quartered shieldSeveral clubs bear the name Hayes and each includes the Middle Saxon seaxes on its badge; from left to right below, AFC Hayes’s very traditional realisation again places the emblem on a quartered shield, in the top left canton; Hayes FC’s badge includes the county emblem in a modern depiction, skewed to accommodate the left portion of a diagonally divided badge; and the crown and seaxes are included on Hayes and Yeading FC’s badge, which is more akin to a modern company logo.
The county emblem is also present in the upper section, or chief, of both Hillingdon Borough FC’s badge and that of Hampton and Richmond Borough FC
and is on the badge of Yeading Football & Athletic Club Limited in a distinct and unusual realisation!The seaxes, in a depiction more reminiscent of the pre 1910 council adaptation, without the Saxon crown,
appear on the badge of Southall FC.
This same “early” depiction of the seaxes is found in the badge of Ashford Town FC
which contrasts with the post 1910 arrangement featured on the badge of the town’s hockey team!
Naturally, the Middlesex emblem, again in its original form, is the badge of Middlesex Wanderers, an amateur specialist touring team
Professional outfit, Brentford FC, incorporated the crown and seaxes in its badge until November 2016 when this was sadly replaced with a badge that makes no reference to the county
The county flag is included in the badge of Bedlington Terriers FC’s
The Stafford Knot which is the essential feature on the county flag, is present on the badges of non-league Hednesford Town, Stafford Town, Lichfield City, Tamworth and Stafford Rangers
Professional teams Port Vale and Stoke City also sport the Stafford Knot on their club badges.
The council of the Surrey town of Wimbledon was awarded arms, in 1906, which included a yellow and blue chequered border in reference to the De Warenne earls of Surrey. The original local football team, Wimbledon FC, (since revamped as since AFC Wimbledon) adopted a modified version of the civic arms for its own badge
which made notable use of a blue and yellow chequered border in reference to the de Warenne checks, which have since been registered as the county flag of Surrey. This badge has since been discontinued.
The Ringmer village team used the county emblem for its club badge and it also appears on the badge of Catsfield FC.
Yorkshire’s white rose is prominently featured on the badge of Leeds United
The Luton based AFC MacMillan uniquely combines elements from the flags of Hertfordshire, a leaping hart (stag) Bedfordshire, scallops and the Buckinghamshire flag in its entirety.