MADAM: I have bought Evergreen since 1988 and there are so many wonderfully interesting articles in each issue. I love to read of the history of buildings, villages, and churches and I’d like to know more about an old English business — Christys’, the hatters of Bond Street. They were my father’s family, but I know very little about the firm, or if it is still in business. I think they were established in the 18th century and made hats for the military, the police and the general public. — HELEN CHRISTY- RIX, LOWER BELFORD, NSW, AUSTRALIA. * Christy & Co. are definitely still in business, making hats at their factory in Oxfordshire. The company, established by Miller Christy in 1773, has a shop in Princes Arcade, London, and supplies shops around the world. Prince Albert started wearing Christys’ top hats and that royal connection, together with making hats for the military and police, continues today. Famous wearers of Christys’ Homburg hats were Edward VII, Sir Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden. — Ed.
A military band and a policeman at Windsor Castle. But which British company makes their distinctive headwear? See letter this page.