Nottinghamshire’s flag was registered with the Flag Institute on May 20th 2011.
The rationale for the flag is that the image of Robin Hood at the centre of England’s St George’s Cross marks Nottinghamshire’s location at the centre of England. Robin is drawn from the outline of the statue outside Nottingham Castle and the green background signifies the green fields and forestry that the county is famous for. The idea of placing Robin on a shield was a popular one and has echoes of Nottinghamshire’s industrial heritage as it was used on the former Home Ales logo a Nottinghamshire based firm.
The flag was raised on 24th May 2011 at ceremonies across the county at Nottingham Castle
A flag for Nottinghamshire does have something of a historical foundation as it is referred to the lines of the famous 17th century poem The Battle Of Agincourt. It seems Nottingham had a flag on display at the battle of Agincourt in 1415. The poem describes banners borne by a large number of soldiers from various English counties at the battle, some of which may be fanciful but nonetheless it is a useful resource, worthy of consideration. Of Nottinghamshire the lines run;
Old Nottingham, an archer clad in green
Under a tree with his drawn bow that stood,
Which a chequered flag far off was seen
It was the picture of old Robin Hood
The county flag therefore clearly reflects a centuries old tradition, real or mythical, of being represented by the famous archer.
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- Featuring County flag of Nottinghamshire
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