The flag of Penkhull
Created in 2018 and registered with the UK Flag Institute
In 2018 the residents and people connected with Penkhull were invited to submit designs for our very own village flag. Many ideas were brought together and four final designs were put to a public vote. The winning design features a golden saltire 'nowy' charged with a blue oval bearing a golden rooster, all on a green field. The green evokes the rural nature of this village and conservation area within the city of Stoke-on-Trent. The saltire represents the crossroads at its heart. The blue central oval represents the classic Spode tableware of the Potteries (Josiah Spode I lived in Penkhull, with his pottery works at the bottom of the hill) The rooster symbolises the weather vane on the church of St Thomas which looks down over the village.
If you would like to own your own flag to display in your home, your garden or to take with you on your travels, you can purchase various sizes from www.mrflag.com - simply type Penkhull in the search field and choose one to suit.
Penkhull flag image - free to use!
The Penkhull flag image is copyright free so anyone can use it. You can use either of these images* on your letterheads, as posters for walls or windows, on your websites
or anywhere you want to promote our fabulous village.
*If using a Mac click on the image and drag to your desktop. If using Windows right click on the image and save
FA Cup of Flags
In May 2020 the Flag Institute ran a Twitter competition to find the best community flag in England. Penkhull overcame some big games in the group and knockout stages and in the final triumphed over Preston with over 6,ooo votes - which as the Flag institute pointed out is roughly 100% of the population of the village!
This magnificent trophy was very kindly designed and made by Emma Bailey Ceramics and sponsored by The Coachmakers Arms, Hanley
Own your own
To celebrate the victory of the Penkhull Flag in the FA Cup of Flags, Emma Bailey has designed and created these beautiful mugs. Available now to buy for just £13.50 you can order online from
Penkhull Crowned World Champions!
The #WorldSeriesofFlags was organised by The Flag Institute
and took place on Twitter throughout August and September 2020
Penkhull overcame Dun Laoghaire (Ireland), South Uist (Scotland), St Louis (USA) and Bloxwich (England) on the way to the final. Penkhull Faced Tiree over a 24 hour vote from September 15th-16th.
Go to The Flag page on Facebook and you'll be able to look back over the amazing journey!
The Final v Tiree
Tiree is the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides Islands of Scotland. The population may be just 650 but boy do they know how to whip up support! The island has beautiful beaches and is blessed with more hours of sunshine than anywhere in the UK and has welcomed many visitors who could be drawn on for support.
Penkhull got off to a flying start and were soon in a commanding lead with more than 70% of the vote. But Tiree had their Island Ranger and former Labour 'spin doctor' Alistair Campbell on board and by the halfway point had clawed themselves back to level terms. And then the thousands of votes had the two teams hovering around 50% each until just a couple of hours before the voting closed.
In the end Penkhull achieved the win with just 51.6% of the near 14,000 votes!
It feels fitting that while the competition may have gone global, the final was between two fiercely loyal communities representing an English Village and a Scottish Island. What wonderful communities they are!
Congratulations to everyone involved.