News from the PHC Archive: Part Two

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While searching through the PHC Archive we found the uniform list from 1880. It's fascinating to see how much has changed in the last 120 years.

photograph of the PHC uniform list in a frame from 1820


The list of clothing required by resident pupils in 1880 is as follows:

  • Garden Hat
  • Good Hats or Bonnets
  • Shawl for Garden
  • Ulster
  • Outdoor Jackets
  • Dresses, one for Evening
  • Pairs Outdoor Boots, with strong soles and in good repair
  • Pair House Shoes or Boots, with flat or no heels
  • Pair Dancing Shoes
  • Pair Goloshes or Tennis Shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Linen Collars
  • Pairs Linen Cuffs
  • Tuckers for Evening wear
  • Pocket Handkerchiefs
  • Pairs Stockings in thoroughly good repair
  • Night Dresses
  • Bodices
  • Chemises
  • Pair Frawers
  • Flannel Petticoats
  • Coloured Petticoats and white if necessary
  • Flannel Vests
  • Stays
  • Dressing Gown
  • Soft Bath Slippers
  • Bags - Linen, Shoe, Comb and Brush
  • Clothes Brush

Alongside the uniform list was the following memorandum:

It is the earnest desire of Her Royal Highness the President, as of the other Governors, that the work of the College should inculcate and develop simple womanly habits, and that the utmost neatness and simplicity of attire should prevail among the pupils.

The quantity of clothing stated in the list is quite sufficient for school wear, and is very important that no unnecessary articles of clothing or of jewellery should be brought to school. 

It is also equally important that all the clothing - under linen as well as outer garments - should be neatly and simply made of good but not tight fit, and in thorough repair; also, that every article, including gloves, shoes and umbrella, should be marked in full, a fine of one penny is exacted for every article found unmarked. 

So much has been said of late as to the injurious effect of high pointed heels on the young growing spine, that nothing further need be urged than the simple request that house shoes and boots should have either very flat heels or none.

As there are regular hours for mending and needle-work, it is specially requested that pupils be provided with a full quantity of sewing materials and one piece of plain work.

Each pupil must be provided with the following - 

  • Small box for bedroom, with good lock
  • Pencil box and penwiper and ruler
  • General Atlas
  • French Dictionary

close up photograph of a memorandum

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