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Somerset, England

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[Flag of Somerset] by Col Barscushy

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Description of the flag

The flag shows a red griffin.  It is being used a lot in the county of Somerset (southwestern England). It is popular with trade fairs, local parishes & cricket clubs. It has a long heritage as it is represented on the coat of arms and flown in most council buildings.
Col Barscushy, 20 May 2003

Coat of Arms

[CoA of Somerset] by James Frankcom

Wessex keeps popping up. Apparently, in Somerset and Wiltshire at least, the symbol is a "dragon" and not a "wyvern". A wyvern would make more sense because the red dragon is very definitely the symbol of Wales. The arms of Somerset I include and the motto "Sumorsaete Ealle" means "All the people of Somerset" and is a quote from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 870 when Somerset was first mentioned historically. The arms were granted in 1911 and to make the arms distinctive the "dragon" supports a civil mace to show that it is the arms of a local council and not that of Wessex.
James Frankcom, 13 October 2003