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Men and boys mostly wore corduroy trousers and jackets for work, with coarse cloth suits, often black for best with ‘Oxford’ shirts, a very hard wearing material. Cloth caps or straw boaters in summer were the usual headgear.

PETANQUE IMPRESSIONS (16.06.2018)

Babies, both sexes, were dressed in long gowns, made of flannel and trimmed with lace, for ten weeks, then the baby would be ‘shortened’ - put into frocks and petticoats. Boys often wore trousers for the first time on their third birthday.

Photo: The Fountain Family, Emily, William, Albert and Cyril, c1907

When the village women worked in the fields they wore heavy boots and old skirts protected by denim aprons. The print bonnets were made from a piece of cardboard bout 12 inches and a yard of material. The cardboard was formed like a tunnel, covered with the material, tapes sewn about halfway. And the surplus material was gathered at the back and protected the wearer from the sun and the wind.

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