Dig into the history of most towns north of London and you’ll find proud manufacturing heritage. All across the midlands and the north of England, the course of the 20th century was quite literally woven and knitted and small villages grew into vast conurbations, each with their own specialisation.
Hats come in many shapes and sizes but perhaps the most ubiquitous these days is the Beanie hat. Reputedly first recorded under this moniker in the 1940s, this winter warmer takes its name for the American slang for head – bean. It’s thought this came out of the term for a particular pitch thrown towards the head of the batter being known as a beanball.