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Oxford University - University College (England)

The College of the Great Hall of the University of Oxford

Last modified: 2020-11-21 by rob raeside
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[Flag of University College] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 February 2019
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Description of the flag

The flag is a banner of arms (ratio 1:2).
Source: (in 2012 eights video)
Coat of Arms:
Azure, a cross patonce Or between four martlets Or.
This is the senior College of the University. A legend arose in the 14th century that the college had been founded by King Alfred in 872. In fact it was founded by William Archdeacon of Durham in 1249. The College originally bore the arms of the founder as follows: Or, a fleur-de-lys Azure, each leaf charged with a mullet Or.
Today the College uses the arms attributed to King Alfred and Edward the Confessor, namely. The number of birds varies between four and sometimes five, also the shape of the cross, but as the arms are hypothetical the matter would seem to be of little importance. A cross patonce is intermediate between a cross patty and a cross fleury, in case of the college arms the cross is sometimes mistaken as fleury.

Source: John P. Brooke-Little: Oxford University and its Colleges, Oxford 1962(?), available online at and,_Oxford.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 February 2019


[Blade] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 March 2019
Blade is blue with a yellow cross patoncy, i.e. the flag pattern without martlets.

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Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 March 2019