Our flags

Flag flying

Following a recent change (March 2021) in the Government’s ruling on the flying of the Union Flag from public buildings, St Peter’s Church in Marlborough will from now on, starting on Easter Sunday 2021, be flying the Union Flag as a matter of course when no other specific flag is being flown from the Tower. On those occasions when the Union Flag marks a particular event (e.g. The Queen’s Birthday or Commonwealth Day ) no flag will normally be flown the preceding day.  

1. A Church of England church is, strictly speaking, permitted to fly only one flag and that is of St George, the Patron Saint of England. However, as a redundant church, St Peter’s is fortunately exempt from this restriction.  

2. Currently, St Peter’s has a panoply of 25 flags, which are flown on the appropriate days of the year. See the Schedule of Flags Flying further down this page. In addition, there is a “Flag of the Day” information board inside the church portal explaining the flag currently flying.  

3. Weather permitting, the Tower Constable raises the flag by 9:00 am and lowers it at 6:00pm on the day.  

4. A list of all the flag flying days with details of each flag is available online below.  

5. Many of the flags have been hand-made by David Sherratt, who also maintains the flags in a good state of repair. Occasionally, if the weather is severe we have to forego flag flying to avoid damage to the flags. 

Flag of the day 

Today we are flying the Union Jack!

Today’s flag: Union Jack

The Union Flag is flown as a matter of course when no other specific flag is being flown from the Tower.

       
Today we are flying the National Flag of Australia!

Today’s flag: National Flag of Australia

This flag is being flown for Australia Day

Today we are flying the National Flag of New Zealand!

Today’s flag: National Flag of New Zealand

This flag is being flown for Waitangi Day

Today we are flying The Union Jack!

Today’s flag: Union Jack

This flag is being flown for the anniversary of the Assession of HM the Queen (1952)

Today we are flying The National Flag of Wales!

Today’s flag: National Flag of Wales

This flag is being flown for St David’s Day

Today we are flying Wolsey’s Arms!

Today’s flag: Wolsey’s Arms

This flag is being flown for the anniversary of the Ordination of Thomas Wolsey (1498)

Today we are not flying a flag

Why? On those occasions when the Union Flag marks a particular event (e.g. The Queen’s Birthday or Commonwealth Day ) no flag will normally be flown the preceding day.

Today we are flying The Union Jack!

Today’s flag: Union Jack

This flag is being flown for Commonwealth Day

Today we are flying St Patrick’s Saltire!

Today’s flag: St Patrick’s Saltire

This flag is being flown for St Patrick’s Day

Today we are flying The Flag of Malta!

Today’s flag: The Flag of Malta

This flag is being flown for the anniversary of the George Cross being awarded to Malta (1942)

Today we are flying The Union Jack!

Today’s flag: The Union Jack

This flag is being flown for the Birthday of HM the Queen (1926)

Today we are flying Shakespeare Family Crest!

Today’s flag: Shakespeare Family Crest

This flag is being flown for the (Putative) Birthday of William Shakespeare (1564)

Today we are flying St. George’s Cross!

Today's flag: St. George’s Cross

This flag is being flown for St George’s Day

Today we are flying The Flag of Wessex!

Today’s flag: The Flag of Wessex

This flag is being flown to commemorate the Battle of Ethandun (AD878)

Today we are flying Royal Standard of Queen Elizabeth I!

Today’s flag: Royal Standard of Queen Elizabeth I

This flag is being flown for Marlborough Charter Day (Queen Elizabeth I) (1576)

Today we are flying The Flag of Wessex!

Today’s flag: The Flag of Wessex

This flag is being flown for Wessex Day

Today we are flying White Ensign!

Today’s flag: White Ensign

We are flying the White Ensign to celebrate the anniversary of HMS Marlborough formerly being adopted by the Town

Today we are flying The Union Jack!

Today’s flag: Union Jack

This flag is being flown to mark the Coronation of HM The Queen (1953)

Today we are flying The Union Jack!

Today’s flag: Union Jack

This flag is being flown to mark the Official Birthday of HM the Queen

Today we are flying The Royal Standard of King John!

Today’s flag: Royal Standard of King John

This flag is being flown to commemorate the Sealing of the Magna Carta (1215)

Today we are flying The Union Jack!

Today’s flag: Union Jack

This flag is being flown to commemorate Waterloo Day

Today we are flying The Royal Standard of King John!

Today’s flag: Royal Standard of King John

We are flying this flag to commemorate Marlborough Charter Day (King John 1204)

Today we are flying The Tri Service Flag!

Today’s flag: Tri Service Flag

This flag is being flown to commemorate Armed Forces Day

Today we are flying The Flag of St Peter!

Today’s flag: Flag of St Peter

This flay is being flown to commemorate the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

Today we are flying the National Flag of Canada!

Today’s flag: National Flag of Canada

We are flying this flag to celebrate Canada Day

Today we are flying the Stars and Stripes!

Today’s flag: Stars and Stripes

We are flying this flag to celebrate American Independence Day

Today we are flying the Red Ensign!

Today’s flag: Red Ensign

We are flying this flag for Merchant Navy Day

Today we are flying the Royal Airforce Association Standard!

Today’s flag: Royal Airforce Association Standard

This flag is being flown for Battle of Britain Week

Today we are flying the White Ensign!

Today’s flag: White Ensign

We are flying this flag for Trafalgar Day (1805)

Today we are flying St. George’s Cross!

Today’s flag: St. George’s Cross

This flag is being flown for St. Crispin’s Day (Battle of Agincourt 1415)

Today we are flying the 1914 – 1918 War Rememberance Flag!

Today’s flag: 1914 – 1918 War Rememberance Flag

We fly this flag for Armistice Day (1918)

Today we are flying the Prince of Wales’ Flag!

Today’s flag: Prince of Wales’ Flag

This flag is being flown for HRH Prince of Wales’ Birthday

Today we are flying the Tri Service Flag!

Today’s flag: Tri Service Flag

This flag is being flown for Remembrance Sunday

Today we are flying Wolsey’s Arms!

Today’s flag: Wolsey’s Arms

We fly this flag on the anniversary of the Death of Cardinal Wolsey (1530)

Today we are flying St. Andrew’s Saltire!

Today’s flag: St. Andrew’s Saltire

This flag is flown for St Andrew’s Day

Today we are flying the Union Jack!

Today’s flag: Fun with flags

This is a test for development purposes

Flag flying diary

Date

Occasion

Flag

26th of January 

Australia Day

National Flag of Australia
National Flag of Australia

5th of February

Waitangi Day

National Flag of New Zeala
National Flag of New Zealand 

6th of February

Accession of HM the Queen (1952)

Union Jack
Union Jack

1st of March 

St. David’s Day

National Flag of Wales
National Flag of Wales

March (date varies)

Commonwealth Day

Union Jack
Union Jack

10th of March

Ordination of Thomas Wolsey (1498)  

Wolsey's Arms
Wolsey’s Arms

17th of March 

St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Saltire
St Patrick’s Saltire

15th of April

George Cross awarded to Malta (1942)

The Flag of Malta 
The Flag of Malta 

21st of April

Birthday of HM the Queen (1926) 

Union Jack
Union Jack

22nd of April 

(Putative) Birthday of William Shakespeare (1564) 

Shakespeare Family Crest 
Shakespeare Family Crest 

23rd of April

St. George’s Day

St. George's Cross
St. George’s Cross

7th of May

Battle of Ethandun (AD878)

The Flag of Wessex
The Flag of Wessex

19th of May

Marlborough Charter Day (Queen Elizabeth I) (1576) 

Royal Standard of Queen Elizabeth I
Royal Standard of Queen Elizabeth I

25th of May 

Wessex Day

The Flag of Wessex
The Flag of Wessex

30th of May 

HMS Marlborough formerly adopted by the Town

White Ensign
White Ensign

2nd of June 

Coronation of HM The Queen (1953) 

Union Jack
Union Jack

June (date variable) 

Armed Forces Day

Tri Service Flag
Tri Service Flag

June (date variable) 

Official Birthday of HM the Queen

Union Jack
Union Jack

15th of June

Sealing of the Magna Carta (1215)

Royal Standard of King John
Royal Standard of King John

18th of June 

Waterloo Day

Union Jack
Union Jack

20th of June

Marlborough Charter Day (King John 1204)

Royal Standard of King John
Royal Standard of King John

29th of June 

Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

Flag of St Peter
Flag of St Peter

July (date variable)

Sea Sunday

Red Ensign
Red Ensign

1st of July

Canada Day

National Flag of Canada
National Flag of Canada

4th of July

American Independence Day

Stars and Stripes
Stars and Stripes

3rd of September

Merchant Navy Day

Red Ensign
Red Ensign

6th to 15th of September 

Battle of Britain Week

Royal Airforce Association Standard 
Royal Airforce Association Standard 

21st of October

Trafalgar Day (1805) 

White Ensign
White Ensign

25th of October

St. Crispin’s Day (Battle of Agincourt 1415) 

St. George's Cross
St. George’s Cross

November (date variable) 

Remembrance Sunday 

Tri Service Flag
Tri Service Flag

11th of November 

Armistice Day (1918)

1914 - 1918 War Rememberance Flag
1914 – 1918 War Rememberance Flag 

14th of November 

HRH Prince of Wales’ Birthday 

Prince of Wales' Flag 
Prince of Wales’ Flag 

29th of November 

Death of Cardinal Wolsey (1530)

Wolsey's Arms
Wolsey’s Arms 

30th of November

St. Andrew’s Day

St. Andrew's Saltire 
St. Andrew’s Saltire 

Date Variable

Major Papal events (e.g. visit by Pope to UK)

Flag of the Holy See
Flag of the Holy See 
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