A Flag Post

Hanging in the main hall of Lichfield’s Guildhall are banners representing the city’s wards. I’ve read on an information sheet about the Guildhall that these flags were created in 1975, by students from Lichfield’s School of Art. However, I’m wondering if they are based on anything earlier or if they are just recent(ish) designs? It does seem possible that each ward may have had its own symbol in the past – talking about The Court of Array in 1805, Thomas Harwood said,

“The public officers of the city attend and various processions are made by the constables and dozeners of each ward who in these processions anciently bore tutelary saints but which are now converted into garlands of flowers or emblems of their trade”.

 

Now, I had written down which flag in the Guildhall related to which ward on a piece of paper but I left it at the pub over the jubilee weekend (Ye Olde Windmill in Gentleshaw where I had a lovely steak & ale pie.  In fact, as the name suggests there is a ruined old windmill in the grounds, so the pub probably deserves a post of its own). I’ve been back to the Guildhall several times since, but haven’t been able to get into the main hall for one reason or another.

I can remember all but two. I think. Some are definitely more obvious than others. I reckon the best thing to do is put the photos up and see if anyone has any ideas about which flag relates to which ward and why. In the meantime I’ll try and get back to the Guildhall to make another list and hold onto it this time!  

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By the way, there is no flag for Leomansley, so I’ll just have to design my own. If anyone from the Lichfield School of Art Class of 1975 wants to get in touch to give me a hand with this, or to share the story of how the other banners came to be made,  that would be fantastic!

(1) History, Gazeteeer & Directory of Staffordshire William White 1834

A Short Account of the City & Close of Lichfield’ by Thomas George Lomax, John Chappel Woodhouse, William Newling (1819)

Lichfield: Town government, A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 14: Lichfield (1990), pp. 73-87

 

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7 thoughts on “A Flag Post

    • Hah! I think woods, a mill and some socks would be perfect! I could actually go and see if the socks are still there and sew them on to my flag! I could see if the vicar of Christ Church would be willing to fly it from the church’s flagpost.

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  1. As far as I am concerned- Flags and Ensigns are a Royal Navy thing as well as Churches and Council’s etc with respect. However troops (male or female) with social or ethnic and discipline standards call them Standards or Colours and in days of old on the battlefield used them as a rallying point and in many cases they are afforded deep respect an honour which I feel they must be especially where there are inserts regarding battle honours (A flag does not carry a Battle Honour featured on them). On Remembrance Sunday or other parades the men and women are carrying Standards or Colours NOT flags just thought I would voice this. Hence the Court of Array and the call to arms by men willing to fight in land forces. These Standards may also be related to the different trades found within the Olde City. Another excellent page and thanks you Kate.

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