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Six yellow martlets, 3, 2 and 1 on a blue field. Posted on the
Registry in May 2011.
Jason Saber, 21 May 2011
From the Flag of Sussex web page:
This is our proposal for a flag for the traditional county of Sussex; Saint Richard's Flag, named after the Sussex's county patron saint, Saint Richard of Chichester. The flag displays six martlets on a blue field (background), which comes directly from the emblem of Sussex, which is a symbol which is used to represent the County of Sussex today. The flag is meaningful, distinctive, simple and eye-catching, and we believe this proposal represents Good old Sussex by the Sea.
Jason Saber, 9 December 2010
Flag Type: County Flag
Flag Date: C17th
Flag Designer: Traditional
Adoption Route: Traditional
UK Design Code: UNKG7424
Aspect Ratio: 3:5
Pantone® Colours: Blue 286, Yellow 109
Valentin Poposki, 1 July 2020
image located by Andrew Whitnall, 22 May 2009
There has been a local BBC radio competition to design a flag for Sussex. The
winning entry can be seen at
Andrew Whitnall, 22 May 2009
Sussex has a set of unique internal territorial divisions named “Rapes”. The
origin of the Rapes is unknown however it is strongly believed that four of them
predate the Norman Conquest and are possibly Saxon in origin, with the Rape of
Bramber being founded by 1086, and the Rape of Chichester being founded by 1275.
In the second decade of the 21st century, flags for the Sussex rapes were created by county based vexillographer (flag designer) Brady Ells. The designs have a universal look and feel to them to indicate that they represent the Rapes of Sussex, rather than the individual towns or cities from which they take their names. A blue triangle with six gold martlets is placed against the hoist to represent the county and maintains the 3,2,1 pattern of the martlets at all angles. Whilst to date, the flags have not been included by the Flag Institute on its registry, there are de facto circumstances regarding their commercial availability, usage and recognition.
More details at https://britishcountyflags.com/2016/11/20/the-rapes-of-sussex/
Valentin Poposki, 1 July 2020
by Steve Sainsbury
The design of the flag for Sussex, produced by the Sussex Party
which has been formed to put the case for a parliament for Sussex. We work
closely with other regionalist movements in the British Isles.
The flag is four bands. The top also has a yellow circle in the top left
corner. The circle represents the sun. the first band (blue) the sky, the
second band (green) the Downs, the third band (yellow) the beaches and the
fourth band (blue) the sea.
The flag is a deliberate departure from the rather staid and historic flags
adopted by other regionalist movements in Britain. I imagine commercial production
of the flag will be started in the not too distant future, once we've done a
bit of publicity/marketing!
Steve Sainsbury MA, Chair, The Sussex Party, 11 March 2004