located in 2019, in a Dorset warehouse. Both Henry of Huntingdon’s references describe a golden dragon, indicating that when used by the Saxons of Wessex the dragon device may have become standardised as golden in colour. While retaining the later mace, however, the football association’s badge retains the colour scheme of the arms first adopted by the county council in 1906, a golden dragon on red. This augmented badge was placed on a white flag … And indeed the word “wyvern” derived from Middle English “wyvere” from Latin, meaning viper, is more descriptive of the elongated windsock shape of these early standards. In essence therefore, the flag has a pedigree of at least, some two thousand years. Thanks also to Brady Ells for supplying a number of the images appearing in this account. When the invading West Saxons fought against their Romano-Celtic opponents they would have become familiar with this emblem of leadership and it is likely that the West Saxons adopted this emblem from them either as a symbol of their ultimate triumph over their enemy or perhaps in simple recognition of the device’s intrinsic splendour. Ed (seen below second from left) attended the ceremony where the flag was revealed for the first time as the competition winner, at the headquarters of Pardoes, the hosts and sponsors of the competition, Creech Castle. This is an historic event for the county.”, Ed Woods reflected on his years of campaigning to get a new flag for Somerset, “I am so shocked but grateful to those who voted. In addition, the dragon was illustrated grasping a blue mace as a symbol of the council’s authority, as found in this stained glass window at St.Andrews church, Banwell. For a while no single design was promoted, as Ed focussed initially on gathering support for the concept of a county flag.
This flag was known as the “Yellow Dragon Flag” and was used until the monarchy was overthrown. In the former the shield is supported by two golden dragons, in the latter, the shield bears a red dragon in the canton, both in token of the ancient kingdom of Wessex, of which they were both a part. The current flag was officially adopted in 1959, and is based on an old royal badge used by British kings and queens since Tudor times. from the 1930s whose design anticipates that of the flag registered some eighty years later!
This duly appeared on a Facebook page as the public face of the campaign. It generally has wings and a barbed tail.
With the advent of the competition, plans to secure support for the design were shelved and instead, seven years after he initially presented the idea for public scrutiny, Ed submitted it anew to the competition, which he duly won, having first been amongst the thirteen chosen finalists. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! This selection of badges both demonstrates the widespread acknowledgement of the dragon as the county emblem of Somerset and categorically shows, notwithstanding the wide confusion that exists, that a two legged wyvern has never been used to represent the county of Somerset. As the national flag of Wales, the red dragon appears to have regained popularity in the early part of the twentieth century, when it was used for the 1911 Caernarfon Investiture of Edward, Prince of Wales. This flag featured a blue background with a large white sun positioned directly in the center. The proud and ancient battle standard of the Welsh is The Red Dragon (Y Ddraig Goch) and consists of a red dragon, passant (standing with one foot raised), on a green and white background. This latter organisation again opts for a gold or light coloured dragon on red in both cases – mirroring the early council arms. The county cricket club had meanwhile also adopted the county’s unequivocally recognised dragon emblem for its badge, as featured on its 1890/1891 year book cover, as had the West Somerset Yeomanry, from the turn of the twentieth century, whose badge, as seen in here in a coloured depiction, significantly depicted a red, dragon on a gold, field. Scottish-Australian flag. The flag at left above, appears to combine the colours of the armorial banner in a form more reminiscent of the council’s modern logo, itself an adaptation, in various forms. In the wake of government legislation which had riven the county administratively into a number of different units, he wanted to see the adoption of a flag that would represent the entirety of the county. Evidently there was a conscious local association of the dragon symbol with the county which had also been demonstrated three decades previously when in 1873, the borough Conservatives spent £10,000 (a colossal sum at the time) in a legal action to contest the outcome of an election. , in his “History of Great Britaine” (also from 1611, reprinted in 1623) and features there in quasi flag or banner form. In 2007, amidst a flurry of flag adoptions by counties around England, Somerset resident Ed Woods. The background represents Communism, the government structure that is followed in China. a red dragon on a yellow background but obviously minus the blue mace, was the logical choice. The council had been formed in 1889 but had no armorial bearings. Whilst this demonstrated the strong attachment that people felt for the basic long time dragon emblem of the county, use of this specific council version also highlighted the misconception that the council was coterminous and synonymous with the county. This has been recognised by some bodies but not by others. In the norther region, a flag of five colors—red, blue, white, yellow and black—was flown. In essence therefore a two legged wyvern as seen on a coat of arms or heraldic banner is simply one interpretation of a dragon standard – its bodily form is perhaps more akin to the “flying serpent” notion. Whilst Somerset was entitled to use the ancient symbol of Wessex for all the reasons cited, it had a version distinctly its own. Also of particular interest is this Girl Guide county badge. and a newly created county university, “University Centre Somerset”, has adapted it for its own insignia, reversing the colours (! Although the winner of the competition however, the design was basically traditional, having been used for the previous century by the local county council on its coat of arms and being derived from devices borne by Alfred the Great and his kinsmen.
Geoffrey’s account also tells of the prophecy of Myrddin (or Merlin) of a long fight between a red dragon and a white dragon, symbolising the historical struggle between the Welsh (red dragon) and the English (white dragon). The badge is presumably based on the original, unofficial form of the council arms but in the revised colours. Somerset now has its own flag. However, in the twentieth century the College of Arms supplied arms to the councils of two neighbouring shires, Dorset. As depicted in heraldry, the beast is basically a dragon with only two legs.
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