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City of Lüdenscheid (Germany)

Stadt Lüdenscheid, Märkischer Kreis County, North Rhine-Westphalia

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[City of Lüdenscheid flag] 3:5 image by Stefan Schwoon, 21 Jun 2001
Flag adopted 1975, coat-of-arms adopted 1911

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City of Lüdenscheid

The first commune flag described in Hostert 1979 is the one of the town (Stadt) of Lüdenscheid. The arms, based on old seals, were formally granted in 1911 and slightly modified in 1965. The flag was apparently first specified in the statutes of 1975 without a formal grant. However, both Stadler 1972 and Städtebuch 1954 mention a city flag for Lüdenscheid which suggests even earlier unofficial uses.
Description in Städtebuch 1954: "rot-weiss, oben mit weissem Feld, darin das Stadtwappen" i.e. red-white, a white field in the top containing the arms.
Description in Stadler 1972: "weiss, rot" i.e. white, red.
Description in Hostert 1979, quoting the Hauptsatzung or city statutes: "Die Stadtflagge ist weiss-rot gleich breit quergestreift. In der Mitte befindet sich das Wappen." i.e. the city flag is equally striped white and red. The coat of arms is displayed on its centre. The pictures on the next page show both a flag and a banner of this description.
Stefan Schwoon, 21 Jun 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website: Lüdenscheid received city rights from Count Eberhard II of the Mark in 1288. The oldest seal dates from the early 14th century and shows the same composition as the arms. The saint is St. Medardus, patron saint of the city. The chequered fess is the arms of the Counts of the Mark. The city wall denotes the city rights. The arms were never really changed and granted in 1911, with a mural crown. The crown was again removed in 1961.
Literature: Stadler 1964-1972.
Santiago Dotor, 5 Jul 2002

Hanging Flag / Banner

[City of Lüdenscheid hanging flag] image by Stefan Schwoon, 21 Jun 2001
Flag adopted 1975, coat-of-arms adopted 1911

Unofficial Flag until 1975

[City of Lüdenscheid unofficial flag until 1975] image by Stefan Schwoon
Flag unofficially used until 1975