Flag of Dorset
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Adopted 16 September 2008
Designed by Stephen Coombs, David White
Proportions 3:5

The flag of Dorset is the flag of the English county of Dorset.

Symbolism[edit | edit source]

The Dorset flag is made of three colours - red (pantone 186), white and gold (pantone 116). These colours are found in the arms (and supporters) of Dorset County Council.

Although the gold in the flag was applied by Stephen Coombs in order to follow the rule of tincture, it was later suggested that to be more significant than originally thought:

  • The supporters of the arms of Dorset County Council are two golden dragons, representing;
  • Wessex; the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom. Dorset was at the heart of Wessex, which allegedly used a golden dragon as its emblem.
  • Dorset's agriculture. During spring, much of rural Dorset grows rapeseed, covering the county in fields of yellow. Dorset also grows wheat and barley.
  • Dorset's sandy beaches; particularly Weymouth and Bournemouth.
  • Golden Cap, the highest point on the Jurassic Coast.
  • Gold Hill, the nationally famous street in Shaftesbury.
  • The Dorset militia and regiment used the colours gold, red and green.

The flag also recognises St. Wite, a female Dorset saint who is buried at Whitchurch Canonicorum. An Anglo-Saxon holy woman, she was thought to have been martyred by invading Danes in the 9th century.

The flag has been variously known as "The Dorset Cross", "St Wite's Cross" or simply "The Dorset Flag". David White expressed a preference for "The Dorset Cross", due to its more secular nature.

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