The brand new house flag is hoisted above the fo'cscle on the houseboat. A striking greylag goose badge was drawn by respected local waterman, boat builder and artist Nigel Royall. The design represents elements of both the precious marine environment and armorial devices of constituent families partnered with Heather.
After much thought, the rather uncelebrated greylag (Latin name: Anser Anser) was chosen as the 'house' badge. The greylag goose is a very ancient breed of wildfowl, formerly venerated by Celtic tribes of Britain ~ and indeed civilisations across northern Eurasia for thousands of years.
Individual pennant flags were once customary around Broadland. The flags aren't purely decorative, they are highly useful in telling the wind direction. Most marine companies, including dozens of independent boat yards in Hoveton and Wroxham, each had specially designed motifs to distinguish their identity. These designs were often emblazoned on tapered triangular pennant flags, or burgees and notably displayed above boat sheds, on board craft, stationery and elsewhere.