A dangerous kind of fashion
In a recent issue the question was asked about the fate of Mary Walker's child after a collision with a crinoline.
This may not be the same case, but in the 1850’s a nine-year-old girl was swept off her feet in the High Street by a passing crinoline and had her hip broken.
More mundanely, these posed practical problems, such as a pew that could generally fit three could then only manage two.
It was suggested at the time that “this extravagant bilging out at the equator” was not exactly flattering to the female form.
Alnwick was identified as “the northern source of this epidemic”.