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Working class clothing?
« on: Thursday 27 April 23 18:56 BST (UK) »
When I discover, for example, that an ancestor was married in 1740 I like to imagine what they might have been wearing at that time.  However a google search for Costume 1740 invariably comes up with images of what was high fashion at the time and what the wealthy would have worn.
Does anyone know of a resource which shows what the working classes/trades people wore during different times?
 I`m assuming that the poor wore pretty basic garments irrespective of the date!

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Re: Working class clothing?
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 27 April 23 19:16 BST (UK) »
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr, Davis

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« Reply #2 on: Thursday 27 April 23 19:27 BST (UK) »
It's a bit later than you're asking about, but The Costume of Yorkshire (1814) has some illustrations of ordinary working people.

Illustrations only (I think) at

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:The_costume_of_Yorkshire_(1814)

or with original accompanying text at

https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/wtw/search/controlservlet?PageId=Detail&DocId=100868
Researching among others:
Bartle, Bilton, Bingley, Campbell, Craven, Emmott, Harcourt, Hirst, Kellet(t), Kennedy,
Meaburn, Mennile/Meynell, Metcalf(e), Palliser, Robinson, Rutter, Shipley, Stow, Wilkinson

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Re: Working class clothing?
« Reply #4 on: Friday 28 April 23 09:50 BST (UK) »
thanks very much - plenty to keep me busy there!

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« Reply #5 on: Friday 28 April 23 09:56 BST (UK) »
Lurking on my bookshelves there is a quite useful booklet called "Working class Costume" which I note hanes teulu mentions, based on sketches of characters 1818 by a William Jophnstone White, published by the Costume Society (via the V & A) c1971.
There's also good stuff in some of James Laver's books. I've used several for researching various period costumes, but I'm sure the dear old V & A will turn up trumps.
TY
Threlfall (Southport), Isherwood (lancs & Canada), Newbould + Topliss(Derby), Keating & Cummins (Ireland + lancs), Fisher, Strong& Casson (all Cumberland) & Downie & Bowie, Linlithgow area Scotland . Also interested in Leigh& Burrows,(Lancashire) Griffiths (Shropshire & lancs), Leaver (Lancs/Yorks) & Anderson(Cumberland and very elusive)