Market Lavington Museum

A Cotton Bonnet


Market Lavington Museum has an extensive collection of clothing and fabric items. Very few of these are on display most of the time partly because of the space needed but also because long term exposure to light can seriously degrade fabrics.

Clothes are put on display. We have already seen a number of items on this blog – some Victorian ladies, a 1940s women and a 1920s baby amongst them. During the winter these clothes will be carefully stored and new displays will be put together.

There has also been a long-term display of hats and headwear inside a glass cabinet. Today’s bonnet is one of these.

An 1880s cotton bonnet at Market Lavington Museum

This bonnet dates from the 1880s and is in faded pink cotton. The neck flap indicates that this was for outside wear.  This flap has had repairs – it is patched.

As can be seen, a lot of careful needlework went into the pleating.

This item is one of those chance finds. It was located, with other bonnets, in the attic of Primrose House on White Street. This is now the Malthouse, next to Gye’s Old Yard. Yes, that’s White Street, Market Lavington.