The History behind the flags of Cornwall and Devon


Cornwall and Devon both have flags that we can be proud of.

Both popular symbols in the Westcountry, Cornwall’s flag is black and white, and Devon’s is green.

While the flags are similar – with the crosses in the middle, but what’s the story behind them?

The Green Flag of Devon

The Devon flag is dedicated to a local saint, Saint Petroc.

Back in 2002, an idea was raised to create a flag about Devon, and was followed by a BBC campaign.

Launched in 2003, the flag was made a year after the public were asked by BBC radio to send in designs.

A white cross in the middle of a green background was confirmed after two polls run on the website of the BBC.

The winning design was created by Ryan Sealey.

The salt spray of Devon’s two coastlines is represented by the white; the black represents the high and windswept moors; while the green represents Devon’s many hills.

In October 2006, the flag was hoisted in Exeter, outside county hall, by Devon County Council, for official recognition.

The Black and white Flag of Cornwall

The flag, officially called St. Piran’s Flag, dates back to the 19th century.

It is associated with a sixth-century Cornish abbot, Saint Peron.

Dating back to 1888, the oldest depiction of the Cornish flag was unveiled at Westminster Abbey, in a stained glass window.

St. Piran’s flag is considered an inverse of the Old Breton flag – with a black cross on a white background.

White liquid leaked from the tin discovered by St. Piran. The Cornwall flag is said to represent good overcoming evil – white tin flowing from the black rock,  .





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