Manchester, New Hampshire, City Flag

Mar 3rd, 2018


Manchester if one of the two seats of Hillsborough County. It is located along the banks of the Merrimack River in south-central New Hampshire. The city was named after a city by the same name in England by Samuel Blodgett, a merchant and inventor. The town was incorporated in 1751 and named Derryfield. It was incorporated as a city in 1846 and renamed Manchester.


The date that the current Manchester city flag was adopted is not known. It is also not known who designed the flag or how it was selected. It appears that the flag was first displayed during the city’s 1996 sesquicentennial celebrations.


The meanings assigned to the seal include following:


*     Arm Holding Hammer Above the Shield: Industry

*     “Labor Vincit”: Labor Conquers

*     Top Left: Amoskeag Falls represents the creation of power

*     Top Right: The regulator and gear wheel represent the power of steam for machinery

*     Bottom: The mills and train represent commerce and transportation


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Manchester’s flag ranked 118th out of 150 flags. Most city’s that use a city coat of arms or seal ranked low in the survey. Read the top five Vexillologist rules of simple flag design.


The current flag appears to be a variation of a former flag that was displayed beginning in or before 1965. The only differences appear to be that the former flag had a gold field, did not have starts in the blue ring surrounding the seal, and the colors within the shield were somewhat different. For example, the mountains at the top left of the shield were white rather than green, and in the top right part of the shield, the regulator and gear wheel had a white rather than green background.


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