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Hertfordshire (England)

Last modified: 2012-03-17 by rob raeside
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[Flag of Hertfordshire] image located by Jason Saber, 2 December 2008
Image by Graham Bartram resized from UK Flag Registry

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About the Hertfordshire Flag

Hertfordshire County Council flies a banner of its arms as a flag. The colours in the flag here are a bit lighter than those in the flag I have.
Jason Saber, 20 August 2008

Quoting "Welvyn & Hatfield Times 24", 25 November 2008:
"Buildings across Hertfordshire will now legally be permitted to fly the county flag. Until now, only the county council could lawfully hoist the flag aloft, but now other organisations and individuals will be able display it. The flag incorporates eight white and blue wavy lines, which represent the many rivers in Hertfordshire. The ensign also includes the image of a gold shield and a recumbent deer.
[...] Welwyn Hatfield Council leader John Dean said there were currently no plans to fly the county flag from civic buildings in the borough."

The source includes a colour photograph (uncredited, undated) showing the flag flying at county hall. It differs from the image shown above in some details:
- The top of the flag is white and not blue
- The waves are more pronounced

This is confirmed by PR7861, released by the Hertfordshire County Council:
"Today’s meeting of the Cabinet agreed to allow the flag based on the County Council’s coat of arms to be registered in a way which will allow it to be used widely within Hertfordshire. The decision follows an approach from the local representative of The Flag Institute which is the organization that manages the United Kingdom Flag Registry to which the Hertfordshire flag will now be added.
[...] The flag incorporates eight, alternate, white and blue wavy lines which represent the many rivers in Hertfordshire. In the centre is a gold shield with a deer, lying down. In heraldry deer are often described as ‘harts’ and this animal is widely used in Hertfordshire to allude to the county’s name. Once the registration formalities have been completed, the technical description of the flag will be provided to flag makers to ensure that their supplies display the design accurately. Those flying the flag will not need to get planning permission to do so because English county flags are one of a limited number of types that were exempted from the need for consent under government regulations agreed last year. [...]"
Ivan Sache, 25 November 2008

Flag Type: County Flag
Flag Date: 19th November 2008
Adoption Route: Local Council
Designer: College of Arms
UK Design Code: UNKG7417
Aspect Ratio: 3:5
Pantone Colours: Blue 300, White, Yellow 116, Brown 70% 1405
Certification: Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram
Hertfordshire County Council, under the leadership of Robert Gordon, passed a resolution on 19th November 2008: "This Council has, for the better representation of the County of Hertfordshire and its people, decided that the banner of the County Council's arms, namely 'Barry wavy of eight Azure and Argent an Inescutcheon Or charged with a Hart lodged proper' is a fitting and proper emblem for the county and its people and will from this day be the County flag of Hertfordshire. The use of the full achievement of arms, with supporters and mural crown as a crest, is still restricted to the County Council and those specifically authorised by it."
Jason Saber, 1 December 2008

Hertfordshire Police flag

[Hertfordshire Police flag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 August 2008

A blue flag, ratio maybe 2:3. In the centre of the flag is the crest of Hertfordshire police.
Description of crest: A white police-star is surrounding a blue roundel with a white passant stag over three white wavy lines. The roundel is edged by a belt, maybe some order. Upon the belt is an inscription in white capitals “HERTFORDSHIRE CONSTABULARY”. The star is topped by a white royal crown. The grey lines around the segments of the star in reality are white embroideries. At the bottom of star is a blue rectangle with three white points ordered one above two. Note that this pattern is different in crest below.
I spotted this flag on 5 May 2007 in front of St. Albans Police Station. I saw another red police flag, being still in Herts. near Stanstead Airport.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 August 2008

Variant Police flag

[Hertfordshire Police flag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 October 2010

A variant of this flag, but with the crown in natural colour was seen in front of Hatfield Police station on 10 October 2010.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 October 2010