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Cumbria (England)

Ceremonial English County

Last modified: 2020-10-31 by rob raeside
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Introduction: Cumbria

Although there is no official county flag for Cumbria, there is the heraldic crest commissioned by Cumbria County Council. There have been several flags suggested over the years, including my own: Other flags previously suggested include ones based upon:
- White cross on blue background
- the old Cumberland and Westmorland flags
Dave Atkinson,15 June 2008

Because the names Cumberland and Cumbria (which do derive from a common source) sound very similar, people often fail to understand the distinct identity of the counties of Cumberland and Cumbria. Ceremonial Cumbria is the name of an administrative territory encompassing the traditional counties of Cumberland and Westmorland along with a small part of Lancashire (Part of Furness).
Pete Loeser, 9 September 2020

Commercial flags

Commercial Cumbria Flag #1

[Cumbria Commericial, England] image by Pete Loeser, 9 September 2020
based on this image located by Ian MacDonald, 14 July 2010 (Source: English County Flags)

This flag is being marketed for Cumbria. This commercially available flag is based on the Arms of Cumberland.
Pete Loeser, 9 September 2020

Commercial Cumbria Flag #2

[Cumbria proposal] image from Pete Loeser, 9 September 2020

In 2010 the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) displayed the flags of England's historic counties. When it came to Cumbria's flag this banner was displayed. Because of the mix-up it is now commercially sold as the official Cumbria County flag.
Pete Loeser, 9 September 2020

County Council Logo Flag

[Flag of Cumbria county council, England] image by Pete Loeser, 9 September 2020
based on this image located by Valentin Poposki, 9 December 2011 (Source: Flying Colours Gallery)

Cumbria Flag Proposals

Atkinson Proposal

[Cumbria proposal] image by Dave Atkinson, 16 June 2008

I created this proposal two years ago to use as a banner at Carlisle United games. Although I had no deliberate intention to promote it widely, it is now well known amongst Carlisle fans and has appeared on Sky Sports and Virgin Media. It even featured on the opening credits of some of the highlights packages. I've had quite a few fans coming up and saying hello at games, and asking where they can get one, so I did investigate getting more printed up. In the meantime, I am ordering 100 car stickers, because that many people have placed advanced orders for them. Not bad considering I've not publicised it to date and it was only meant to be a joke!
As I said, there is no official flag, but the one I've designed is the only one that actually includes the official coat of arms, commissioned for the (re)creation of the county of Cumbria in 1974.
Dave Atkinson, 16 June 2008

Regional Flag: Westmorland

[Cumbria proposal] image by Ben McGarr, posted here by Pete Loeser, 16 June 2008

Two other proposals were the blue Cumberland Regional flag (below) and the traditional Westmorland flag as mentioned by Dave Atkinson previously.
Pete Loeser, 9 September 2020

Regional Flag: Cumberland

[Cumberland] image by Ben McGarr, 22 November 2007

While on holiday in the Lake District a few weeks ago, I saw some flag stickers on sale in a local store in Patterdale. There were advertised by the label "Fly your regional flag" or something like that, and there were three different flags. Two of them were white crosses on a blue field with the words "Cumbria" or "Cumberland" written in the cross, and the third was similar with a red cross on a yellow field with the inscription "Westmorland". As I understand it, the historical counties of Cumberland and Westmorland make up the modern Cumbria.
Jonathan Dixon, 11 September 2004

The blue Cumberland Regional flag with the white cross is also being sold as a 3x5 foot flag.
Pete Loeser, 9 September 2020

Regional Flag Proposal: Furness

[Prospective flag for Part of Furness] image located by Valentin Poposki, 29 June 2020
Source: British county Flags: Part of Furness.

The territory of Furness was the northernmost portion of Lancashire, now incorporated into Cumbria. As part of Lancashire, this prospective flag, the work of Philip Tibbetts, was presented as a notion comparable to the flags of the Yorkshire ridings, complementing the county flag. The green wyvern is taken from the seal of Furness Abbey. This became a common emblem across the the area, used for insignia by both the Furness Building Society and the Furness Railway, where the wyvern can be seen at the base. The division of the flag, resembling flames, is heraldically termed "rayonny" and symbolises a fire, being both a pun on the name of the area and a reference to the craggy coastline. The sandy-gold hoist and rose-red fly halves of the flag recall the common nickname for the area of "Lancashire-beyond-the-sands". It may be noted that the three colours of red, green and yellow are also those of the county flag of Lancashire.
Valentin Poposki, 29 June 2020

Now that Furness has been moved into the county of Cumbria's administrative territory this proposed flag may have to be re-thought and may have become a bit of historical trivial.
Pete Loeser, 27 October 2020