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Vallelado (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Vallelado

The municipality of Vallelado (795 inhabitants in 2010; 3,684 ha; municipal website) is located in the northwest of Segovia Province, on the border with Valladolid Province, 70 km from Segovia.

Vallelado was mentioned for the first time in the middle of the 13th century, as one of the 35 villages, split today between the Segovia and Valladolid Provinces, that formed the Community of the Town and Land of Cuéllar. The meaning of the village's name is either "the wide valley" (valle - latum) or "the frosted valley" (valle - gelatum).
In the Middle Ages, the Hieronymite monks of the Armedilla monastery owned in the village the Big House (la casa grande) where they kept the grain and wine produced locally.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2011

Symbols of Vallelado

The flag and arms of Vallelado, adopted on 27 January 1989 by the Municipal Council, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 31 January 1990 by the Government of Castilla y León and published on 15 February 1990 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 33 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular, quartered flag. 1. and 4., Red with a yellow tower port and windows azure, 2. and 3., White with a horse's head harnessed proper, a green escutcheon with a yellow head of garlic.
Coat of arms: Quarterly, 1. and 4., Gules a tower or masoned sable port and windows azure a warrior issuant armed proper. 2. and 3., Argent a horse's head harnessed proper, an escutcheon vert a head of garlic or. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

The Decree further states that the Royal Academy of History validated the proposed flag but recommended modifications of the proposed coat of arms, which were not accounted for by the Municipal Council.

Research supporting the proposed symbols (presentation) was made by Alfonso de Cevallos, Marquis de la Floresta, commissioned by the Municipal Council in January 1988; no evidence of previous use of proper symbols was found, so that the municipal symbols were designed from scratch.
The main elements represented on the coat of arms recall:
- the Community of the Town and Land of Cuéllar, represented by the horse's head;
- the Dukes of Alburquerque, once lords of the village (?);
- the several deserted villages of the municipality, especially Torre de Don Velasco, the oldest of them (probably represented by Velasco standing on a tower);
- garlic cultivation.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2011