Warham Guild vestments

I’m rather fond of the work of the Warham Guild, as previous posts on the subject demonstrate. In this picture the dalmatic and tunicle are rather fine examples of the Warham Guild’s work, and they belong to St Mary the Virgin Primrose Hill. The chasuble is not part of the same set, but is part of a new low mass set. It is made of Watts oyster Bellini silk, with orphreys in Sarum red ‘Gothic’ silk designed by G F Bodley. The photo was taken by Gordon Plumb just after I had celebrated my first mass in St Michael and All Angels, Louth on July 5th 2009.

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  1. Detail shots of orphreys and other embroidered bits are always nice (says the medieval-embroidery teacher….). I'm always interested in seeing other people's endeavors.Congratulations on your ordination!


  2. I too am a great fan of Wareham Guild vestments but these look if they were made for much smaller persons. The sleeves are too short and they should be fuller, but the material and the decoration is wonderful.


  3. The Primrose Hill vestments were made in the 1950s for George Timms, who was vicar at the time. As he was somewhat vertically challenged this explains why the sleeves look a bit too short, given the fact that everyone in the picture is around 6' tall. They fit the present vicar, who isn't terribly tall, very well.


  4. Before you do so, Father, do go look at the pictures of the vestments of Clement II in the Bamberg Museum. They are very full and the fabric is exquisite, but there is no decoration. Those are real medieval and classical vestments of a pattern that was still being used in England as late as the 1590's as the vestments made for Elizabeth and now in a French Museum would show. The chasuble has been butchered as so many were to make the ceremonial of the Pian missal possible. Something like that and Clement's would look great on you.


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