Sunday, 16 July 2017

What Taunton women wore

Celia Fiennes travelled the country in the late 17thc writing a diary called
. This entry from Taunton is interesting in describing what Taunton women wore
You meete all sorts of Country women wrapp'd up in the mantles Called West Country rockets, a Large mantle doubled together of a sort of serge, some are Linsywolsey and a deep fringe or ffag at the Lower End, these hang down some to their feete some only just below ye wast, in the summer they are all in white garments of this sort, in the winter they are in Red ones. I Call them garments because they never go out wth out them and this is the universal ffashion in Sommerset and Devonshire and Cornwall.

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