Our County Standards

Cornwall has a heritage of 'standards' or special flags for ceremonial use. These come out and are displayed at the main County events, and to see them processing at major formal events is rather wonderful!

The County Standard is only displayed when the County Commissioner is present, and similarly for the Division ones. They were lovingly made using correct heraldic principles, and each part has a meaning. The descriptions of these meanings are given below, beside a depiction of the flag itself. The Division standards each have the same two parts nearest the pole: the trefoil representing 'Girlguiding' and the shield with 15 bezants representing 'Cornwall', followed by a depiction of the local area.

County Standard


At the hoist is our Guiding Trefoil, followed by the Black Shield with 15 Gold Bezants surmounted by a Coronet showing Cornwall to be part of a Royal Duchy.

Next comes the Guide Motto “Be Prepared” and the County Motto “One and All”. Between these is shown the top of a Celtic Cross.

The sword Excalibur is at the fly surrounded by five Choughs, birds associated with the County.

The Standard was made at the Convent of the Epiphany and dedicated in Truro Cathedral on 11th June 1956.

Caradon Cotehele


  • Cheesewring for St Ive District
  • Bee for Honey Fair Callington District
  • Bridge for Looe District connecting East & West Looe
  • Pipe Well for Liskeard District

Caradon Tamar


  • Cornish Mine House
  • Tamar Bridge

Carrick North


  • Truro Cathedral
  • Three tents – representing our County Campsite at Condurro

Carrick South


  • Carrick Bend Knot
  • Pendennis Castle and Sailing Ships



  • Trevithick Engine
  • Heslton Flora Dance

North Cornwall



  • Launceston Castle
  • 5 Waves/5 Trefoils for the 5 Districts - Bodmin, Bude, Camelford, Launceston & Wadebridge.  (Padstow District was created later)



  • St Michael’s Mount
  • 6 Fish for the 6 Districts – Hayle, Isles of Scilly, Penzance East, Penzance West, Land’s End & St Ives



  • Golden Galleon as seen in a window at Fowey Parish Church and representing the connection of the sea on both coasts
  • Restormel Castle
  • China Clay Waste Tips
  • Sun for Tourism
  • Fish for local industries on both coasts
  • Blue band - River Fowey running through the Division