Last modified: 2012-08-19 by klaus-michael schneider
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Description of banner:
It is a black-white-green vertical tricolour with the county's coat of arms in its centre.
Description of coat of arms:
In a green shield is a white nettle-leaf. Within the nettle-leaf is a black cross superimposed by a golden (=yellow) key.
The cross is taken from the coat of arms of the archbishopric and electorate of Köln. The territory "Vest Recklinghausen" had been part of Köln. The key is the attribute of St.Peter, being protector of Köln. The nettle-leaf is taken from the coat of arms of the Counts of Schaumburg, rulers of Holstein, who had distrained on the Vest Recklinghausen from 1476 until 1576. Others say, that the nettle-leaf was also the ensign of the Lords of Lembeck and that therefore the green colour was chosen. Lembeck is a small village near Recklinghausen with a famous water-castle.
Authorized: 31 October 1957 by minister of interior of Northrhine-Westphalia
Source: Veddeler 2003, p.316
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Nov 2007
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