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image by Ivan Sache and WP User:Johnbojaen, 21 Jul 2009
The municipality of Torreblascopedro (locally, La Torre; 2,812 inhabitants in 2008; 6,000 ha) is located 60 km north of Jaén.
Torreblascopedro emerged in the 18th century as a grain-producing area known as Torre de Blasco Pedro, Torre de Velasco, Blascopedro... In the 18th century, the small village of Lupión (80 inhabitants) sued the powerful, neighbouring town of Baeza for the owning of the rich Royal pastures known as Torre de Velasco. In 1771, Baeza set up the Villazgo de Lupión, which required municipal independence in 1813, eventually granted, as Torreblascopedro, in 1871. The village of Campillo del Río, the second settlement in the municipality, was created in the 1950s as part of the Jaén Plan, aimed to develop irrigated agriculture; Campillo del Río is today a pioneer in the use of solar energy and the main producer of white asparagus in the Province of Jaén.
Source: Municipal website
The flag is hoisted over the (provisional) town hall: (photo).
Ivan Sache, 21 Jul 2009
The flag and arms of Torreblascopedro were approved by the Municipal Council on 6 April 2005 and submitted on 15 April 2005 to the General Directorate of Local Administration, which confirmed them by Decree on 28 April 2005, published in the Andalusian official gazette (Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía, BOJA) No. 92 on 13 May 2005.
The relevant parts of the Decree are the following:
Coat of arms: Gules a tower argent, masoned sable port and windows azure, an arm issuant from the window raising a sword argent. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.
Flag: Rectangular panel, in proportions 2/3, horizontally divided in three equal parts, the upper and the lower red, and the central itself divided in three horizontal white, red and white stripes. In the center the municipal coat of arms of the town.
The symbols should be registered on the Andalusian Register of Local Entities, with their official written description and graphics (as originally submitted, but unfortunately not appended to the Decree).
Source: BOJA No. 92, pp. 36-37, 13 May 2005
According to the municipal website, the tower (in Spanish, "torre") is canting for the name of the town and represents also the ancient castle of Lupión, of which only one tower remains (but, see above, the name of the town has probably nothing to do with that tower). The armed arm is canting for knight Pedro Vela (in Spanish, "watch"), who was granted a watch tower (even if this might be a story invented locally to substantiate the design of the coat of arms!)
Ivan Sache, 21 Jul 2009