No long hair or mini-skirts…

Amongst the 1352 Statutes drawn up by the Bishop of Winchester to regulate the newly established College of St George, Windsor Castle, is one which might at first sight have come from the 1960s, when mini-skirts and long-hair were all the rage:

Also we decree and strictly order that the Canons of the said Chapel residentiary in the same and also the Vicars and Clerks of the same do not wear their vestments ridiculous or remarkable for extreme shortness but touching at least the middle of the leg and do not wear their hair long or too much elaborated as effeminate persons but go about shaven that they may shew their ears open not covered with hair and have their tonsure of a becoming breadth.  (SGC IV.B.11 pp.35-36)

Clare Rider (Archivist and Chapter Librarian)

The King's Free Chapel. The Chapel of the Most Honourable and Noble Order of the Garter. The Chapel of the College of St George.