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The people from Long Melford were wealthy cloth manufacturers who had gained noble status and liked to display their coats of arms. Brasses were not individual portraits at this period. They were probably ordered as "near enough". One common mistake is that peasants were always poor and ragged. They were not. Many were the ancestors of later gentlemen farmers and had a comfortable way of life with fashionable clothes. They would wear older clothes for working. The Peasants Revolt of 1381 was about taxation and status not poverty.

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Ann Broughton wearing a heraldic robe and a butterfly headdress. Long Melford Church, Suffolk, UK

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Dorothy Curson nee Clopton wearing an heraldic robe and a form of butterfly headdress. Long Melford Church, Suffolk, UK

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Woman in heraldic robe and elaborate headdress. Long Melford Church, Suffolk, UK

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Woman in heraldic robe and elaborate headdress. Long Melford Church, Suffolk, UK

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Woman in heraldic robe and elaborate headdress. Long Melford Church, Suffolk, UK

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Man in long red robe and blue cloak. Long Melford Church, Suffolk, UK

LmedJohnDenston

John Denston in armour with heraldic tabard and early fifteenth century bowl cut hair. Long Melford Church, Suffolk, UK

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Man wearing a fur trimmed or lined dark robe over a red padded doublet. Long Melford Church, Suffolk, UK

LmedAttelese

Sir Richard Attelese and wife Dionisia. late 14th century. He wears armour, she wears a long gown with bag sleeves and a "horned" headdress - really two nets and a veil. Sheldwich Church, Kent.

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Dionisia wife of Sir Richard Attelese detail of gown and headdress. Late 14th century. Sheldwich Church, Kent.

LmedJohnCely

Brass to John Cely c 1426. He wears late 14th century style armour and surcoat. This one was in the cleaners cupboard! Sheldwich Church, Kent.

LmedIsabellaCely

Isabella wife of John Cely c 1426. Like her husband she wears rather old fashioned clothes, more 14th century than fifteenth. Sheldwich Church, Kent.

LmedShield

Image from a wooden shield showing a woman in fashionable 15th century dress edged with ermine. The pattern is large scale which seems to have been normal. British Museum, London.

LmedBraclelet

Silver clasp bracelet with incised decoration. Late medieval. British Museum, London.

LmedPruning

Pruning vines in March. The man wears a short doublet and hosen with visible points. English roundel of 1450-1475. V and A Museum, London.

LmedHaymaking

Haymaking in July. The man wears a belted doublet, hosen and short boots. The woman wears a fashionable gown with an apron. Both wear straw hats. English roundel of 1450-1475. V and A Museum, London.

LmedHarvest

Harvesting in August. The woman wears a fashionable gown and apron with low shoes. The man wears a laced doublet. Both wear straw hats. English roundel of 1450-1475. V and A Museum, London.

LmedHarrowing

Men harrowing and sowing. Both wear fashionable bag sleeved doublets and hosen with short boots and straw hats. English roundel of 1450-1475. V and A Museum, London.

LmedFeasting

A royal Christmas Feast. Everybody wears their court clothes. The King has a long robe as this was seen as dignified. The musicians have short bag-sleeved doublets. English roundel of 1450-1475. V and A Museum, London.

LmedWeeding

Weeding in June. The man wears a simple short doublet, short boots, old ripped hosen and a hat. English roundel of 1450-1475. V and A Museum, London.

LmedSowing

A boy sowing in October. He wears a short, belted tunic with a purse and a hood. His hose have patterns and he wears long soft boots. Roundel from Norwich c 1450 in V and A Museum, London.

Lmedhellingley

This is a brass of the late 14th century, The orignals was badly pitted so I have modified the image to show her headdress. The net for her hair shows up well with small rounds at each crossing point. Over this a veil is draped. She wears a cloak over two layers of dress with a chemise below. Hellingley church, Sussex

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