The flag of Middlesex is the flag of the English county of Middlesex. The Flag Institute is an adviser to the UK Parliamentary Flags & Heraldry Committee. The historic English counties are one of the oldest forms of local government in Western Europe. The blazon of the County Council arms are identical to those above on the general arms shield. The seax is the symbol of the Saxons and the Saxon crown was added in 1909 to differentiate the arms and flag from those of Essex." Why do the blades each have a huge notch in the back? The system of marks was almost universal save for amongst Dutch printers, prolific in producing maps and charts, who often transposed the marks for red and blue. That body was abolished in 1965 and as there was no longer any arms holder, upon the creation of its registry, the Flag Institute took the view that the arms. Then the Local Government Act of 1894 paired the county down, dividing it into four main districts and including the following areas we know today. The seaxes and the Saxon crown are the old emblems of the crest of Wembley and these in turn are drawn from the crest of Middlesex, which consists of 3 parallel seaxes under the This page was last edited on 11 February 2019, at 05:56. The emblem of The Metropolitan Board of Works. The City of London became a county in its own right in the thirteenth century, but many areas around it, like Westminster, Holborn and Kensington were still in Middlesex. Middlesex’s flag was included on the registry from its inception. The seax is the symbol of the Saxons and the Saxon crown was added in 1909 to differentiate the arms and flag from those of Essex. The three white seaxes (short Saxon swords) with gold pommels on a red field were the arms ascribed to the ancient kingdom of the East Saxons, or Essex, by Richard Verstegan, who, in his 1605 work “ A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence”, printed in Antwerp, stated that “Erkenwyne king of … Jason Saber, 6 July 2009. image by Pete Loeser, 31 October 2020Image based on this photo. The county’s flag is displayed below, at its highest point, a snowy Bushey Heath. some one hundred and seven years after the crown had been added to the county emblem to distinguish it from neighbouring Essex! The Middlesex Flag is included in the Flag Institute's registry of county and regional flags. Links: FOTW homepage | It was established by the Anglo-Saxons and officially existed right up until 1965. In 2017 Middlesex Cricket club adopted a new badge based more closely on the county flag. It was not long later, in 1965, after the Royal Commission on Local Government in Greater London, that almost all of Middlesex became incorporated into Greater London, with the remaining areas absorbed by surrounding counties. The post 1910 arms feature on the aqueduct that runs by the North Circular Road in Brent. We can celebrate too the exploits of those brave men who fought 200 years ago at the Battle of Albuhera and our flag will help to keep their proud memory and our county’s history alive for future generations.”; and Middlesex county campaigner and author of The Real Counties of Great Britain, Russell Grant, who reflected that; “Middlesex was first founded in Saxon documentation in704 AD in a geographical description of Twickenham as being in Middlesex. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. This is the traditional flag of Middlesex, the county that forms the central and north-west parts of Greater London. This date had been chosen as the county day to mark the brave actions of the Middlesex Regiment at the battle of Albuhera on 16 May 1811, so the occasion was particularly significant being the bicentenary of the battle. whilst the badge of the county’s branch of the Women’s Institute, retains the former depiction of the seaxes, without the crown added in 1910, as found in the former Middlesex cricket and rugby badges, and the pre 1910 arrangement of the county emblem is also present on this badge, worn by nursing staff in the county. Sporting bodies using the crown and seaxes, displayed below, include the Middlesex Football Association; Middlesex County Archery Association (shown below in two forms); the county Swimming association; Middlesex Badminton Association; Middlesex Netball Association; Middlesex Bowling Association; Middlesex Darts, Middlesex Golf Union, Middlesex Table Tennis Association and Middlesex Hockey, which appears to use two versions of the seaxes, one with the crown which strongly resembles the old council arms and another with blades but no crown, which resembles the former badge of the county cricket team and that of the Middlesex rugby team, although with a distinct blue frame around a red field, rather than the straight blue field found on those two badges. Although it seems not to have been included in the finished item! Cricket club badge where, curiously, the weapons are shown against blue backgrounds. ; Middlesex MP John Randall, who said “I am absolutely delighted that the Department of Communities and Local Government has been recognising our historic British counties. All structured data from the file and property namespaces is available under the Creative Commons CC0 License; all unstructured text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. Interestingly this depiction incorporates the names of the three rivers which define the true county, west, south and east, in their respective positions, even though Middlesex Council’s remit did not include all the territory encompassed within these borders. In the early Anglo-Saxon era the territory of Middlesex originally formed part of the kingdom of the East Saxons. brandish their county flags with enthusiasm! Interestingly, another badge worn by nursing staff in the county, appears to depict the same arrangement of pre-1910 shield against a Saint George’s Cross. Their flag consists of a pair of crossed seaxes (notched swords) underneath a Saxon crown within a shield. The flag is a banner of the arms of the former Middlesex County Council, abolished in 1965. The shield is on a background of red and black. The regiment was named the Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). whose students have rendered the modern form of the emblem, used by the university, in lego! It has been adapted by the Sunbury Squadron of the Air Training Corps for its badge, and is seen displayed in their group photo left below and at their HQ, right. A carefully designed groove would not necessarily reduce the strength of the blade, unlike a notch which cuts across the inner patterning and can only weaken its structure. Whilst such banners of county arms are legally not generally available for public use, a similar design had been used traditionally as a local badge in Middlesex and neighbouring Essex for centuries. It was organized in companies, grouped in zones, corresponding to the Police districts.