Red Ensign



Anti Fray

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Red Ensign Civil Flags have a double stitched hem all around and a reinforced hem line on the hanging side. These flags are light enough to fly and flutter in a mild breeze.

There are two purchase options on each ensign flag  page knitted polyester and poly-mesh. Metal Eyelets fixings.

Red Ensign  UK Manufactured Knitted Polyester 

Knitted Polyester

Industry standard 115 gsm knitted polyester
Lightweight and durable flag material 
Full colour printing both Screen and digitally printed 

Poly Mesh 

Red Ensign Military Flag - Civil flags are also made from knitted polyester 115gsm (grams square metre) and have very small holes across the entire flag  which allows the air to flow through the flag  to  flutter rather than whip  in  high winds so they last longer in exposed areas. Poly Mesh military flags are ideal for coastal areas, church towers, roof tops,  harbours and exposed areas.


Anti-Fray is optional.  Anti-fray is sewn onto the opposite end of the reinforced flag fixing side  and the mesh takes the wear out of the flag allowing flags to last longer with more durability.

Key points per Red Ensign

Metal Eyelets Fixing
Ready to fly
Poly-mesh Flag Material
Flags supplied ready tofFly
0.5 yard  (22cm x 45cm) - 3 Yards 274cm x 137cm 

Flag Fixing:

Flag Fixing Metal Eyelets. Other fixings on request 

Purchase Options for Red Ensign civilian Flag


115g Standard knitted polyester
115g Poly-mesh
Rope and toggle fixing on request 
Metal eyelets fitted as standard 
Other fixings on requested 

The Red Ensign Flag


The Red Ensign flag has been used by various organisations in the English Navy, although today it’s used as a civil ensign. While no one is quite certain when the flag was first used, it can be traced back as early as the 1620s. 

What is known is that in 1674, Charles II made a royal proclamation that declared the Red Ensign as the official flag for use on English merchant ships. During this time, the flag was a red rectangle with the English Cross of St. George featured in the upper left-hand corner. 

When Great Britain was formed in 1707, the ensign was changed. The royal standard to be flown on all navy vessels of the state was now the British Red Ensign, which replaced the Cross of St. George with the Union Flag, a precursor to today’s Union Jack. This flag was also used by the colonial ships of the American colonies until they broke away to form their own country. 

In 1801, with the creation of the United Kingdom, the Red Ensign was updated to use the redesigned Union Jack, which now included the St. Patrick’s Cross. By 1854, this flag was worn by British merchantmen, although that would later change. 



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