Warwick, Rhode Island, City Flag

Dec 18th, 2017


Warwick is located in Kent County in the Midwest region of Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay. It was founded by Samuel Gorton after the became a fugitive from Massachusetts for advocating religious freedom. He purchased the land from local Indians of the Shawomet tribe named the area Shawomet. It was incorporated as a town in 1642 and renamed Warwick in honor of Robert Rich, the Earl of Warwick, for his role in granting a charter for the settlement. Warwick was incorporated as a city in 1931.


The date that the official city flag was adopted is unknown and there is no information available on who may have designed the flag. The flag consists of a white field and features an image of the city seal in the center. It is known that the seal was designed by Nathaniel Tiffany and features a shield containing the coat of arms of the city of Warwick. The coat of arms is a replica of the Warwick family coat of arms with some slight differences in coloring. It would appear that those differences were made due to the heraldic tradition of changing the colors or adding a symbol when adopted by other entities.


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Virginia Beach’s flag ranked 125th out of 150 flags. Almost all flags that contain a solid field and a city seal or coat of arms ranked quite low in the survey. The flag does not follow the Vexillologist rules of simple flag design.


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