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Oxford University - Wadham College (England)

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[Flag of Wadham College] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2019
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Description of the flag

Wadham College of Oxford University (photo by "inel") can be seen at The college website is at Founded in 1610 by Nicholas Wadham (endowment) and his wife Dorothy (realization), whose arms became those of the College. An old rendering (the College flag is a banner-of-arms) is at

Blazon, quoted from the University Calendar 2003-4: Gules, a chevron between three roses argent, seeded or, barbed vert impaling gules, a bend or between two escallops argent.
Jan Mertens, 9 August 2008

The flag is a banner of arms (ratio 1:1).
Shield parted per pale at dexter Gules a chevron Argent between three roses Argent barbed Vert; at sinister Gules, a bend Or between two scallops Argent.
Meaning: The college was founded in 1610 by Dorothy Wadham, formerly Petre, according to the will of her late husband Nicholas Wadham (1531-1609). The foundation stone was laid on the site of the house of the Austin Friars in 1610, but the Society was founded in 1612. The arms used are those of the family arms of Wadham at dexter and Petre at sinister.

Source: John P. Brooke-Little: Oxford University and its Colleges, Oxford 1962(?), available online at and,_Oxford.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2019

Wadham College Boat Club

[Pin of Wadham College Boat Club] image provided by Tobias M. Sullivan, 27 September 2013

These arms appear to be those of Wadham College. If those are oars behind the arms, that would suggest this pin is from Wadham College Boat Club. I don't see anything suggesting they use those arms, though, but if not, they might know more.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 2 October 2013

A flag flown at the boathouse, likely at the Summer Eights, a four-day regatta of bumps races which constitutes the University's main intercollegiate rowing event of the year, displays a light blue flag, thought to be from the Wadham College Boat Club.
Esteban Rivera, 19 September 2020


[Blade] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 March 2019
Blade is celestial blue with a white cross patty, i.e. the flag pattern.

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Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 March 2019