The first top hat causes a commotion

Posted on January 15th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The Huddersfield Chronicle reported that John Hetherington wore the first top hat on this day in 1797. The article stated that he was arrested for breach of the peace after ‘several women fainted at the unusual sight’:

Article in the Huddersfield Chronicle about the first top hat

 

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Huddersfield Chronicle – Tuesday 24 January 1899
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