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Poix-de-Picardie (Municipality, Somme, France)

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Flag of Poix-de-Picardie - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 1 January 2021

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Presentation of Poix-de-Picardie

The municipality of Poix-de-Picardie (2,385 inhabitants in 2018; 1,166 ha) is located 25 km north of Amiens.

<Olivier Touzeau, 1 January 2021

Flag of Poix-de-Picardie

The flag of Poix-de-Picardie (photo, photo) is white with the municipal coat of arms "Azure a tower or masonned sable port of the same flanked by two swords of the same pomel uppermost".
The shield is sumounted by a scroll with the motto "Et Semper Manet" (Latin, And It Still Stands"/ The swords are an interpretation / an evolution of two crosslets sable (infringing the rule of tinctures), which were turned sable, and then have became swords or or argent... On the official design used by the municipality, the swords look more like the original crosslets sable.

Until the late 1960s, Poix-de-Picardie used the arms of the Tyrrel family, "Gules, a bend argent cantonned by six crosses crosslets fitchy or". These arms, listed in the Armorial de la Somme, published in 1972 under the auspices of the departmental commission of heraldry, can still be seen, surmounted by a mural crown on the former court of justice; they were used on signs at the tourist office in the 1980ies.
[Armorial des villes et des villages de France]

The Tyrrel, or Tirel, were lords of Poix from the 12th to the 15th century. The most famous member of the family was Walter Tirel, who killed King William Rufus of England, son of William the Conqueror. Walter's grandson, Hugh Tyrrel, baron of Castleknock, played a prominent role in the Norman Conquest of Ireland and in the Third Crusade.

Olivier Touzeau, 1 January 2021