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Registered: June 2013
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On Saturday August 29th I visited Tyntesfield House, a National Trust property near Bristol. An American Civil War re-enactment was publicised, but it turned out to be more about the history and background of Sir Thomas Hyde Page (1746-1812) who was an ancestor of the Gibbs family and an officer in the Royal Engineers as a cartographer. He was involved in 1775 when a long standing disagreement between the British Government and the 13 colonies in North America turned into armed conflict.
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Keywords: Tyntesfield
Camera Make / Model: Canon EOS 400D
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State / County / Area Image taken: Bristol
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Registered: December 2009
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Tue September 1, 2015 12:43pm

That flag really stands out in the image... "pops" is the word with those red bands. Living in Canada I'm not really very aware of the history of the American flag and I was wondering if this is the Continental Colors, also known as the Grand Union Flag, which I think is considered the first national flag of the United States?


Registered: June 2013
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Tue September 1, 2015 8:50pm

I'm not sure what name the flag is given in the US. Perhaps one of our American friends can enlighten us?

Registered: February 2009
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Wed September 2, 2015 6:15am

This version of the American flag was called "The Grand Union Flag." Here is a link to the history for it
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however, it was not square as the one in your photo.

Registered: November 2008
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Wed September 2, 2015 11:38pm

Interesting John, never heard of it before. New Zealand are in the process of choosing a new flag, not because the people wish it but the government do, cost in the region of $27 million for a vote day,

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