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from <www.bermuda-online.org>



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Parishes Coat of Arms

Bermuda is divided to 9 Parishes. All got Coat of Arms:
- Devonshire - Coat of Arms at <bermuda-online.org/devonshire.gif>
- Hamilton - Coat of Arms at <bermuda-online.org/hamilton.gif>. (The City of
Hamilton's Coat of Arms at <bermuda-online.org/citycrest.jpg>.
- Paget - Coat of Arms at <bermuda-online.org/paget.gif>.
- Pembroke - Coat of Arms at <bermuda-online.org/pembroke.gif>.
- Sandys - Coat of Arms at <bermuda-online.org/sandys.gif>.
- Smith's - Coat of Arms at <bermuda-online.org/smith.gif>.
- Southampton - Coat of Arms at <bermuda-online.org/southampton.gif>.
- Warwick - Coat of Arms at <bermuda-online.org/warwick.gif>
- St. George's - Coat of Arms at <bermuda-online.org/somers.gif>.
Dov Gutterman, 7 June 2004

Maps of the parishes are at <www.bermudashorts.bm> and <www.world-gazetteer.com>.
Anto'nio Martins, 7 June 2004

The map at <www.world-gazetteer.com> is better, but it has several strange flaws - it shows a channel at the southwest edge of Harrington sound (that's the big lagoon between Hamilton and Smith's parishes) - there is no gap there. Also, it shows the northeastern corner of the mainland as being part of Hamilton Parish - it is in fact part of St George's. This is the part next to the string of three islands (actually two islands and a long peninsula) to the right of the last "h" of "Hamilton Parish". Also, although both St George's Parish and Sandys Parish show a contiguous mainland, this is a string of islands connected by bridges. The best map is at <www.bermuda-online.org>.
James Dignan, 7 June 2004


Town of St. George

[Flag of England]
by Vincent Morley

Town of St. George Showing it Coat of Arms at <www.bermuda-online.org/towncrest.gif> and a St, George Cross flag at <www.bermuda-online.org/seetown.htm>
Dov Gutterman, 7 June 2004

Somehow I doubt that the flag shown at the St George's website is the flag of St George's municipality. At least the flags I know for British civic entities show flags like banners of arms or the coat of arms on a plain field.
Dirk Schoenberger, 7 June 2004

The town of St. George does (or certainly used to) fly the St. George's Cross flag. Whether it is the official flag of the town, I don't know, but it is certainly regularly flown above the main buildings of the town (St Peter's Church and Fort St. Catherine). Sadly it is many years since I've been there, so I can't confirm whether this is still the case.
James Dignan, 7 June 2004

I believe that it is or was the custom to fly the Cross of St George over all cathedrals and parish churches in England. If that is so, that might explain the Cross of St. George over St Peter's Church. I don't know about the Fort though - maybe because it was named after a saint?
A.P. Burgers, 7 June 2004

But I don't think it shows why the St George's cross is shown on the website. I think there is a distinction between church parishes and civil administrative parishes, doesn't it?
Dirk Schoenberger, 7 June 2004

Perhaps it is intended as part of a historical reenactment of the pre-1707 days when the Cross of St. George flew over Bermuda. They do seem to try to display their early history to the tourists.
Ned Smith, 8 June 2004


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