Flag of Surrey

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Flag of Surrey
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Surrey

The Surrey flag is the flag of the county of Surrey. A traditional county emblem of mediæval origin, it was added to the Flag Institute registry on September 11 2014.

Design

The design was attributed in the 12th century to William de Warenne, the first Earl of Surrey. In time it became associated specifically with the county he presided over and reference is made in the 17th century poem on the Battle of Agincourt by Michael Drayton to such a banner of gold and blue checks being borne by the fighting men of Surrey. The pattern began to appear on the arms of numerous towns and boroughs in Surrey throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and also featured in the insignia of a number of sporting clubs and other institutions in the county. On Historic County Flags Day, July 23rd 2014, blue and gold chequered flags were flown across the county by district and parish councils in recognition of the pattern's position as the county's pre-eminent emblem. In acknowledgement of this local recognition, the Flag Institute duly recognised the traditional status of the anciently associated flag and added it to their registry on September 11th 2014.

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