Flag of Birmingham (England)

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City of Birmingham
Flag of Birmingham.svg
Adopted 10 May 1977
Design Quarterly first and fourth Azure a Bend of five Lozenges conjoined Or second and third per pale indented Or and Gules over all a Cross Ermine thereon a Mitre Proper

The flag of Birmingham is the civic flag of the city of Birmingham in England. Adapted as a banner of arms from the coat of arms of Birmingham, it was adopted in its current form in 1977, reflecting the city's new status as a metropolitan borough and its expansion to include Sutton Coldfield as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. The flag is the proper heraldic flag of Birmingham City Council and the heraldic property of the council. It is flown from Birmingham Town Hall and other civic buildings.

Design and symbolism[edit]

The flag has four quarters, the top left and bottom right each having a diagonal band of five yellow diamonds against a blue background, the top right and bottom left being divided vertically with a zig-zag line between a yellow left-hand side and a red right-hand side. These heraldic devices come from the arms of the de Birmingham family,[1] who first established Birmingham as a market town and borough in the 12th century.[2] Superimposed on the quartering is a cross of ermine – the ermine coming from the arms of the Calthorpe family who were Lords of the Manor of Edgbaston, which was absorbed by the new municipal borough of Birmingham in 1832; the cross coming from the arms of the town of Sutton Coldfield, which the city absorbed in 1974.[1] At the centre of the cross a mitre represents John Vesey, who restored the fortunes of Sutton Coldfield in the 16th century as Bishop of Exeter.[1]

Use[edit]

The flag as flown over Birmingham Town Hall.

The flag flies daily from public buildings within the city of Birmingham, including the Council House and the Town Hall in Victoria Square.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Dobson, Colin (2006-12-31). "Birmingham, England". Flags of the World. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  2. ^ Demidowicz, George (2008). Medieval Birmingham: the borough rentals of 1296 and 1344-5. Dugdale Society Occasional Papers. Startford-upon-Avon: The Dugdale Society, in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. p. 31. ISBN 0-85220-090-0.