from 13th Century

Shirts were simple t-shaped garments with either a plain round neck or, in the 15thC, a simple split neck opening. They were rarely seen except on labouring class men working in hot conditions (though most often depicted in execution scenes). Made of linen so that they could be frequently laundered, the quality of the fabric depended on the wealth of the owner, as did the colour; fine, white linen was the choice of the wealthy, natural brown/grey heavier cloth was more affordable to working class men. Even the poorest man would have owned several shirts and they would have doubled as nightwear.

Plain neck shirt £45
Split neck shirt, hand-finished £55

13th Century Costume

13th Century Costume

Higher status (left) and lower status costume made for volunteers at Goodrich Castle.
Costume consists of linen shift, cote and sideless surcoat.
Shift £45
Cote £125
Surcote £115

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14th Century Split Hose and Braies

13th/14th Century Single Leg Hose and Braies

Hose began as simple foot coverings and extended upwards covering more of the leg.
During 13th and much of the 14th century hose were single-legged garments (split hose) with long legged (pipe) braies filling the gap between. Hose fasten directly to the waistband (breech girdle) of the braies. Single leg hose (pair) £75, footed £95

14th Century Parti-coloured Split Hose

13th/14th Century Single Leg Hose (parti-coloured)

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Hood £45

The medieval hood is a garment born out of practicality; cold weather-wear turned fashion item. The liripipe (the point at the back of the head) was extended until it reached outrageous proportions by the end of the 14th Century.During the next century, the hood returned to being just a useful protective garment in bad weather.



15thC Ladies Hood

15thC Ladies Hood £35

Ladies wore an open hood over a tightly tied coif or headrail.

15th Century Ladies Open Hood

14th Century Ladies Hood £25

Shifts and hose are the foundations of womenswear throughout much of history.

Shifts were linen under-garments very similar to mens shirts, just longer and fuller. In the 13th, 14th and 15th century nothing was worn underneath the shift.

Women’s hose were knee-length socks cut from woven cloth. They were often quite loose and held up by garters just below the knee.

Linen shifts £65
Half-hose in linen or wool £45

Ladies Half-Hose

Ladies Half-Hose

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