Flag of Westmorland

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Westmorland
Flag of Westmorland.svg
Proportion 3:5
Adopted 30 September 2011
Design A golden heraldic apple tree (for Appleby) on white and red bars (for Kendal)
Designed by The Westmorland Association
The flag flying at Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen

The Westmorland flag is the flag of the historic county of Westmorland. It was registered with the Flag Institute as the flag of the county in 2011.[1] The historic county of Westmorland ceased to exist as an administrative county following boundary changes in 1974 which saw it absorbed into Cumbria.[2]

Design[edit]

The design was developed in consultation with the Flag Institute and has been designed in accordance with the precepts of good flag design. The design is based on the shield from the coat of arms of the former Westmorland County Council. This coat of arms was granted by the College of Arms in 1926 and used by the council until its demise in 1974.

Historically Westmorland comprised two baronies:

  • The Barony of Kendal which covers the southwestern part of the county, including the towns of Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale.
  • The Barony of Westmorland which covers the northern part of the county, including Appleby-in-Westmorland, the county town.

The two red bars on the flag are from the arms of the de Lancaster family, Barons of Kendal. These also featured prominently in the arms of the former South Westmorland Rural District Council. The stylised apple tree is from the thirteenth-century seal of the Borough of Appleby. Hence, the flag represents the two parts of the county. It is a recognised symbol of Westmorland, being used in the logos of local organisations such as the Westmorland County Football Association.

Reaction[edit]

The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron said:[3]

"I’d like to congratulate the Westmorland Association for successfully registering the flag.
I hope that it will be enthusiastically adopted by all of us who are lucky enough to live and work in this amazing area. I look forward to seeing it flying high when I am travelling around the South Lakes"

The flag was flown outside the offices of the Department for Communities and Local Government in London as part of Westmorland Day celebrations.[4]

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