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[Flag of East Sussex, England] image located by Valentin Poposki, 9 December 2011

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Description of the flag

According to the East Sussex County web page, giving the Minutes of a meeting of the East Sussex county council held at Pelham House, Lewes, on Tuesday, 15 October 2002 at 10.00 am, the English County of East Sussex has its own flag:

"37.10 The Chairman referred to the two new flags, the County flag and the Union flag, on display in the Council Chamber which had been donated by two members."
Pascal Vagnat, 30 January 2003

Coat of Arms

[East Sussex coat of arms]

The Arms of East Sussex were granted in 1889 and are of ancient origin. The Arms of East Sussex as shown are very similar to the symbol/banner attributed to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex (6th-8th Century) except that it contained only the six golden "martlets" on a red background. The Arms of West Sussex County have the six golden martlets on a blue background with a similar golden wavy strip. After 1974 the arms were adjusted to add a crown with oak leaves on the top to symbolise a part of Surrey which Sussex absorbed (Gatwick Airport).
James Frankcom, 13 October 2003

The original (unofficial?) coat-of-arms of the County of Sussex is blue with six gold (sometimes silver) martlets. This probably came from the arms of the Earl of Arundel. The red shield with golden martlets and Saxon crown was first used by East Sussex County Council in 1937. It was the West Sussex coat-of-arms that was granted in 1889 - the first County Council do have an official coat of arms due to the influence of the Duke of Norfolk.
Andrew Whitnall, 22 May 2009

On we see that the East Sussex County Council flag is a 'banner of arms' - it can be seen flying from County Hall in Lewes when there is a full meeting of the Council.
Andrew Whitnall, 22 May 2009

County Council flag

[Flag of East Sussex County Council, England] image located by Valentin Poposki, 9 December 2011