cross cloth

1) In an ecclesiastical context this might be a cloth hanging before the rood but it was more commonly a piece of linen worn across the forehead by women.

The earliest references are late in Elizabeth’s reign: 1592 ij railes and a croscloth, South Cave

1619 one apron, one croscloth and a band, Gisburn

1699 some linnen close [clothes], viz a apron, a band, a quoife, a pinner and a cross cloth … in a box, West Riding. The cloth known as Holland was much used for mens bands … gentlewomens handkerchers and crosse-cloathes, Elmswell.

dates 1592 1619 1640

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