At the auction I was only successful with one lot but it was full of Victorian white cotton nightdresses and maid's aprons.
I was told that the vendor of the lot had originally acquired the clothing in a trunk at a sale of some of the contents of Stanhope Old Hall.
Stanhope Old Hall, a medieval manor house on the edge of the North Pennine village of Stanhope, County Durham, has long had a spooky reputation. Local legend has it that, during the Middle Ages, a young engaged couple entered the house and disappeared, only to be found years later under the floorboards — two skeletons holding hands.
One resident claimed to have so many strange experiences whilst living in the house that they called in the Paranormal Society. When they visited they reported sudden temperature drops, sightings of an old grey lady, ghostly orbs captured on film and visions of red-robed monks in the boiler room. (During Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, monks hid in the basement here.) I wonder if any of them had been wearing one of my white nightgowns? Definitely a very seasonal tale as Halloween was just two days ago!
I also found these images on the internet showing just a small range of the nightwear that was available in Victorian times.
I have included the link below so that you can see more of these catalogues if you want to take a look.