Hat check

The Field - - Opening Shots -

I came across an ar­ti­cle about the cor­rect deer­stalk­ing cloth­ing and, in par­tic­u­lar, the deer­stalker ‘without flaps’. I have worn one of these for many years and it is a favourite piece of kit. I know they are com­monly called ‘gillie hats’ but some years ago a BBC pro­gramme re­ferred to them as ‘Hex­ham hats’. As well as be­ing a cen­tre for leather glove mak­ing, Hex­ham had a thriv­ing hat in­dus­try. I have tried to au­then­ti­cate the name but, sadly, ‘the gillie’ seems to have achieved dom­i­nance. I would be most ap­pre­cia­tive if some­one could pro­vide some clar­i­fi­ca­tion. Ian Hep­ple

Hex­ham, Northum­ber­land Per­haps our fea­ture on deer­stalk­ers (page 105) will shed light on the is­sue, Ed

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