bellman and billman

Bellman and Billman

I saw this picture in a copy of   “Vagabondiana” OR, ANECDOTES OF ITINERANT TRADERS THROUGH THE STREETS OF LONDON, IN ANCIENT AND MODERN TIMES. VOLUME II. BY JOHN THOMAS SMITH. London: J. B. NICHOLS AND SON. 1839.   The bellman/billman (the bill being the long hooked stick used to pull down thatch in the…

David Coulthard sewing a button on to the local Town Crier's Livery

Tom Brown’s saves the day

This morning, following a great weekend at Ascot I noticed a missing button on my livery. Tomorrow I am due to be with the Mayor to celebrate the 40th Birthday of Maidenhead Library, and these big gold buttons cant be bought at just any local haberdashery. Thankfully a quick visit to Tom Brown Tailors in…

victorian cockade designs

Twinning Committee Event

Last night at Windsor’s Guildhall I gave a short cry of welcome to members of the Borough’s twinning committee and guests from some of our twin towns. I was going to attempt a proclamation in French, German, Dutch and Italian… but then thought better of it. Why risk stuffing it up in 5 languages when getting one…

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Town Crier Livery

The new livery arrives

Today was a very exciting day for me.  After much hard work my town crier livery is finally ready. Well, what can I say.  It was well worth the wait and looks absolutely great.  The detailing and stitching that has gone in into this has made it something I will always treasure. A huge thank…

Scroll making

I have been putting the town crier’s scroll together. A broom handle cut into thirds (two bits needed plus one for if I make any big mistakes) seems the right size. For finials, I got four small wooden door knobs from Majacks on Dedworth Rd, Windsor. A bit of wood glue and masking tape to…

rbwm coat badge

RBWM Coat of Arms badge

The badge featuring the RBWM Coat of Arms arrived this morning. This will be sewn onto the cape of the Town Crier’s costume. Sadly this photo doesn’t even begin to do justice to just how stunningly good the badge looks. It was made by hand and has a real 3D quality with a mix of thread…

Extra fiddly bits

When planning a crier’s costume, there are almost infinite opportunities for additional embellishments   Doug the wonderful hat maker suggested a new one the other day that I particularly like. He showed me a picure of a cape clasp which was worn as part of police uniforms until as recently as the 1950s. The lion’s heads can…