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Flag of Berkshire

Berkshire
Name Berkshire County Council version
Adopted Flag has not been adopted
Design Two blue lions passant bellow a blue crown on a white field.
Variant flag of Berkshire
Name David Nash Ford proposal
Designed by David Nash
Variant flag of Berkshire
Name Michael Garber proposal
Designed by Michael Garber

The Flag of Berkshire is the proposed flag of the English county of Berkshire. The county has never adopted an official design,[1] though Berkshire County Council (abolished in 1998) occasionally used an image of two lions passant under a crown.[2] Due to the lack of an official flag design, this variant has often been used as a placeholder where necessary.

Proposals

There have been several proposals for a Berkshire flag. The two most recent designs both featuring the stag and oak from the Berkshire coat of arms.

In 2006, Berkshire historian David Nash Ford proposed a flag design, which featured the stag standing under an oak tree on a background of white and blue.[1] The design, loosely based on the Reading R.F.C.,[3] the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Football Association,[4] the Berkshire Cricket Board,[5] the Berkshire Federation of Women's Institutes,[6] and the Royal County of Berkshire Bowling Association.[2][7] The blue and white bands are also from the county arms, but may also be inspired by the River Thames and the chalk hills of the Berkshire Downs,[2] or the colours used by Berkshire archers during the Battle of Agincourt.[1] They may also reflect the horizontal hoops of Reading Football Club's home kit.[2]

A later proposal, created by Michael Garber, retains the locally-meaningful colours and symbols featured in the original design by Nash Ford. The Nash Ford design was deemed unsuitable as a flag because the gold charge on white breaks the rule of tincture, by which two lighter colours do not contrast well and thus the gold charge loses visibility from any distance. It has also been deemed as confusing because the curved form of the oak tree which resembles a letter "C", thereby leads some people to think it represents a county name also beginning with "C". The Garber proposal thus aims to retain all the design criteria of the original proposal in a more effective arrangement and was completed after extensive consultation with the Flag Institute.

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c d Midgley (2008)
  2. ^ a b c d e Ford (2006)
  3. ^ Reading Rugby Club (2010)
  4. ^ Berks and Bucks FA (2010)
  5. ^ Berkshire Cricket Board (2010)
  6. ^ Berkshire Federation of Women's Institutes (2010)
  7. ^ Royal County of Berkshire Bowling Association (2010)

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