Friday, 28 August 2009

The Norfolk Jacket

Recently, there has been a bit of interest in Norfolk Jackets and we have also had a few enquiries, after seeing the one we made for a customer in Boston 2 or 3 years ago.

We found this picture (right) that we took in our Carlisle shop, when we typed in Norfolk jackets in google and it came up first on Google Images. The image has also surfaced on other Internet forums and blogs.

Not actually sure how it got on there but nevertheless it has received wide interest and nice comments as seen on the blog Wasp 101.

There are a number of variations of the jacket and a brief description of the Norfolk is below, as found on Wikipedia.

"A Norfolk jacket is a loose, belted, single-breasted jacket with box pleats on the back (and sometimes front), now with a belt or half-belt. The style was long popular for boys' jackets and suits, and is still used in some (primarily military and police) uniforms. It was originally designed as a shooting coat that did not bind when the elbow was raised to fire."

It was named either for the Duke of Norfolk or for the county of Norfolk and was made fashionable after the 1860s in the sporting circle of the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII whose country residence was Sandringham House in Norfolk.


  1. I have a sort of abstract fondness for norfolk jackets; they seem so down to earth. In one of Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire novels there is a very funny conversation between two county ladies discussing how dreadful the one lady's small, square-built son will look in a Norfolk jacket.

    But perhaps we are due for a revival.

  2. Edwin

    That is a great looking Norfolk tweed coat. The picture has been posted on The London Lounge for years and has been admired by our readers.


    Michael Alden

  3. Michael,

    Thank you for your kind words. We have had quite a few complements on the jacket.



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