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[Cambridge University Cruising Club burgee] image by Rob Raeside, 29 June 2007
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Description of the flag

The university flag flies on the Church of St Mary the Great, the University Church. It consists of an ermine upright cross on a red field, with a yellow lion passant in each quarter, and at the centre of the flag a red book.
Rob Raeside, 29 June 2007

The flag used by the University of Cambridge flag is a banner of arms, blazoned as follows: " Gules, a cross ermine between four lions passant gardant or, and on the cross a closed book fessways gules, clasped and garnished or, the clasps downward." Some documentary evidence in the university archives shows that the design of the university flag was considered in 1937. The arms themselves, however, were granted by Robert Cooke, Clarencieux Kings of Arms in Letters Parent on 09 June 1573.

(1) University of Cambridge, Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge and Passages from Acts of Parliament relating to the University, Cambridge University Press, Revised edition 2006, ISBN 0-521-68547-8
(2) Cambridge University Archives, Armorial records of the University Arms, reference GBR/0265/Arms, covering dates 1573 to 1937 and in particular, Letters patent for the University to bear arms as depicted in colour in left hand margin, 9 June 1573, as consulted Janus web site,, 29 June 2007

Colin Dobson, 29 June 2007

Cambridge University Cruising Club burgee

[Cambridge University Cruising Club burgee]image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 February 2006

An unusual yacht club burgee is that of the Cambridge University Cruising Club, which can be found at
Ron Lahav, 17 February 2006

It is a (dark) red triangular flag in 7:10 ratio with a white cross offset to the hoist with 13 ermine spots on it (5 vertically and 9 horizontally, crossing at the fourth); on the upper hoist red area, an heraldic lion or passant guardant.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 February 2006

This flag is clearly based upon the arms of the University of Cambridge, as blazoned on the pages of the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society and as used on the University of Cambridge's home page and physically throughout the town.
Colin Dobson, 18 February 2006

Cambridge University Press

[Cambridge University Press] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 August 2009

The flag of Cambridge University Press (CUP), a department of the University of Cambridge, is the CUP logo on a blue field. The logo consists of the shield from the university arms to the left of the text "CAMBRIDGE" over "UNIVERSITY PRESS" in a white serif font. This flag has been flying whenever I have passed their building on Trumpington St, Cambridge.
Jonathan Dixon
, 9 July 2007

The specific lettering and University arms can be used black on white, or yellow on blue; and either vertically or horizontally:

The vertical positioning seems, from this photo, to be made with the midline of the word "Cambridge" matching the midline of the flag, which puts the whole distinctly offset to the bottom. It seems, again from the photo, to be slightly offset to the fly, although it is not as certain. Ratio seems to be 2:3.
António Martins-Tuválkin
, 3 August 2009