Poole Flag

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The Poole Flag 

Promoted by independent Poole Flag Trust

Supported by The Society for Poole

 

Let Dorset and the world know you come from Poole! Wave it at sports matches, display it at carnivals and fetes and on cars, boats and flagpoles, whenever and wherever you wish. This is YOUR flag to use as you wish.

The design of the Flag is based on the 14th century Poole Town Council Seal.  In Elizabethan times the College of Arms confirmed that it can be used by the inhabitants of Poole. Shown below is a design still incorporated into Poole Council’s Coat of Arms some six hundred years later.

Poole Town's Early 14th Century Seal

All the elements in the design of the flag are figurative:

The wavy bars represent the sea.  Yellow and black were reintroduced into the Council’s Coat of Arms in the early 20th century, as seen on the older lifting bridge.  Previously black and green wavy stripes were displayed, or blue and white.  In heraldry yellow and gold (referred to as “or”) permitted either to be displayed.

Coats of Arms tell stories, the incorporation of the black scallop shells depicted on the flag have for centuries the badge worn by Christian pilgrims who visited Saint James’ shrine at Compostella in Spain.  St James shrine was one of the three most important Christian shrines.  St James is the patron saint of Poole Town’s parish church.  Poole ships were licensed to take pilgrims to Spain.

The flag displays a dolphin and in heraldry it is the king of “fishes” as the lion is the king of beasts.  The crown of the heir to the King of France was referred to as the Dauphin (dolphin) and dolphins were depicted in his crown. It is not known why Poole earned the right to display a dolphin. Poole’s scallop shell is depicted in black as a local medieval king ordered scallop shells to be sculptured from black jet, a local stone.

Surplus funds of Poole Flag Trust, a registered company, are distributed to local charities.

John Cole Chairman of the Poole Flag Trust
September 2016

Confirmation of Arms circa 1563

Copy of Original
Translation

 

Mail Order Prices

HEMMED FLAGS (Suitable for Marine and Flagpole Use):

  • 3 YARD – 2740 MM x 1370 MM (108″ x 54″ APPROX.) – £50
  • LARGE – 1500MM x 1000 MM (59″ x 39″ APPROX.) – £30
  • MEDIUM – 1050 MM X 700 MM (41″ X 27″APPROX.) – £20
  • SMALL – 450 MM X 300 MM (18″ X 12″ APPROX.) – £10

UNHEMMED FLAGS:

  • SMALL WITH STICK INCLUDED- 450 MM X 300 MM (18″ X 12″ APPROX.) – £4
  • SMALL WITH ROPE – 450 MM X 300 MM (18″ X 12″ APPROX.) – £5

VEHICLE BADGES:

  • STATIC CLING CAR BADGE – 70 MM X 70 MM (2.75″ x 2.75″ APPROX.) – £2
  • STICK ON MOTORCYCLE BADGE – 70 MM X 70 MM (2.75″ x 2.75″ APPROX.) – £2
  • STICK ON CIRCULAR BADGE – 70 MM X 70 MM (2.75″ X 2.75″ APPROX.) – £2

Please note that the flags can be purchased directly via mail order or from Setchfields (21-25 High Street in Poole) and that retailers may charge different prices.

MAIL ORDER TO BE SENT TO 4 WESTCROFT PARK, BROADSTONE, POOLE BH18 8LX, ACCOMPANIED BY A CHEQUE OR POSTAL ORDER DRAWN IN FAVOR OF POOLE FLAG TRUST, OR CASH.

IF NOT COLLECTED POSTAGE WILL BE CHARGED.

TO ENABLE US TO RESOLVE ANY ISSUES PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER.