Welsh gentry dress

Other than the attempts by a few gentry to wear traditional costume at special events, little is known of what most of them wore nor whether there were any differences between that and the dress worn by the gentry of England, except, perhaps, in fabric. Catherine Hutton, writing in 1796 said that Welsh gentry bought all their furniture and clothes at London or Chester, but continue to spin their own chamber and table linen at home. Letters written during a Tour in North Wales by Miss Hutton, of Bennett’s Hill, near Birmingham LETTER VII, Bala; Sept 2, 1796. Published in the Monthly Magazine, 1816 and Hutton Beale, Catherine, Reminiscences of a Gentlewoman of the last century; letters of Catherine Hutton (Birmingham, Cornish Brothers, 1891).

 

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