Guide: Group kit available to borrow

Fancy trying a show with the Cardiff Castle Garrison but don’t have any kit yet? The Garrison has group kit available for you to borrow so you can take part.

This is a catalogue of the kit that is available. If you wish to borrow any of it then please contact our Living History Officer about the items(s) at cardiffcastlegarrison@outlook.com. Group kit is allocated on a first-come first-served basis. We often have several people who would like to borrow kit for shows, so get your requests in early if possible.

To give members an idea of what our group kit looks like when worn, the group member second from left is wearing a group kit ensemble.
To give members an idea of what our group kit looks like when worn, this group member is wearing a group kit ensemble.

The UK clothing sizes given for each item are approximate. The measurements are exact so if you are unsure whether a garment will fit then it may be best to measure yourself. You can either ask the living history officer to do this at a group social, or take them yourself. There is guidance on how to do this below. All measurements below are given in inches.

Underclothes
Shift (women’s)

under dress
Chest 40″, waist 42″, sleeves 20″, length 52″. Approx. UK size: up to 14.

 

Braies (men’s)

braies
Waist 30″. Approx. UK size: S. (Please note you will need to wear these with white underwear.)

 

Coif (men’s)

Coif
One size.

 

Outer Garments
Green wool tunic

green tunic
Chest 56″, sleeves 23″, length 39″. Approx. UK size: up to XXL.

 

Brown linen tunic

Brown Tunic
Chest 45″, sleeves 22″, length 31″. Approx. UK size: up to L.

 

Brown wool tunic

brown wool tunic
Chest 50″, sleeves 22″, length 34″. Approx. UK size: up to XL.

 

Cream wool tunic

cream tunic
Chest 50″, sleeves 23″, length 34″. Approx. UK size: up to XL.

2 Pairs of Men’s Wool Hose – One size fits most, based on a 6 foot tall individual (awaiting photo).

Yellow wool dress

tweetie
Chest 42″, waist 42″, hips 50″, sleeves 20″, wrist 10″, length 56″. Approx. UK size: up to 16.

 

 

Cream wool dress

Chest 60″, sleeves 26″, wrist 14″, length 54.5″. Approx. UK size: up to 24.

Headwear

Grey wool hood (women’s)

Women's hood
One size.

Grey wool hood (boy’s)

Child's hood
Small.

Straw hat (men’s)

Men's straw hat
Fits up to 25″ head.

Straw hat (women’s/children’s)

Women's hat
Fits up to 22″ head.

Footwear
Brown boots (unisex)

Boots-8
Fit up to UK size 8.

Brown shoes (men’s) – fit up to UK size 9 (awaiting photo).
Brown boots (unisex) – fit up to UK size 6 (awaiting photo).

Accessories
Leather belt (unisex) – will fit up to 31″ waist.
Leather belt (unisex) – will fit up to 39″ waist.

Measurements
If you would like to measure yourself to ensure any group garments you wish to borrow will fit you, then please follow this guidance:

Women:
You will need to measure your bust, waist, hips, and fists (the fist measurement is to ensure your hands will be able to fit through garment sleeves). Do not worry too much about the length measurement unless you are exceptionally tall as our dresses are fairly long.

Men:
You will need to measure your chest, waist, arms and fist (the fist to ensure that your hands will be able to fit through garment sleeves). Do not worry too much about length of garments unless you are exceptionally tall as our tunics are fairly long.

 

Please note that the kit displayed here is not necessarily of the best standards of authenticity. The Garrison relies on donations from group members for group kit. These are  often several years old and thus not necessarily representative of current authenticity standards.

These items remain useful while they have life left in them. Therefore, they are kept as group kit but they will not be replaced on a like-for-like basis. We ask that group members do not take group kit as an example of current authenticity standards.

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