Flag of Shropshire
The flag is a banner of the arms of the former Shropshire (or Salop) County Council which were awarded in 1895. The leopards' faces, fondly referred to as 'loggerheads' locally, are a traditional emblem for Shropshire (and several of its towns) and have historically evolved from the loggerheads on the Shrewsbury town arms which themselves were first recorded in 1623. This originates presumably in the practice of carving some such motif on the head of the log used as a battering ram. The 'gold' erminois aspect differentiates the county arms/flag with that of its county town.
The flag (with the short-lived 'white' ermine pattern instead of the erminois) was flown above the Department for Communities and Local Government in April 2011 as part of a scheme to promote traditional English counties.
Erminois, three piles issuant two from chief and one from base each bearing a leopard's head.
The Pantone colours for the flag are:
- Reflex Blue
- British County Flags Shropshire Flag
- Communities.gov.uk – Shropshire flag flies at Department for Communities and Local Government Date 18 April 2011
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