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Hoodata Introduction
Hoodata 1 (Spring 1974)
Hoodata 2 (Summer 1974)
Hoodata 3 (Autumn 1974)
Hoodata 4 (Winter 1974/75)
Hoodata 5 (Spring 1975)
Hoodata 6 (Summer 1975)
Hoodata 7 (Autumn 1975)
Hoodata 8 (Summer 1977)
Hoodata 9 (Autumn 1978)
Hoodata 2.1 (April 1980)
Hoodata 2.2 (November 1980)
Hoodata 2.3 (May 1981)
Hoodata 2.4 (December 1981)

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Number FOUR (Winter 1974/75)


The publicity given to HOODATA in the 'Church Times' some months ago greatly increased the number of people asking to be placed on the mailing list. This, together with various letters of encouragement received from readers, makes the task of producing HOODATA a satisfying and enjoyable one. However, more reader- participation is desirable and short articles for publication are most welcome.


If the current trend continues of making Anglican theological college hoods more glamorous and colourful than in the past, we shall soon have hoods rivalling and vying with the more bizarre American ones which are often extremely gaudy (though what else can one expect from the land of Technicolor!).

It seems that the general pattern for theological college hoods approved at the Canterbury Convocation in 1882 has been forgotten although it does not appear to have been rescinded at any time. The approved pattern was a hood made of black material, but not silk, in either the Oxford or Cambridge shape, edged with a distinctive colour up to three inches wide. In 1882 many colleges altered the design of their individual hoods to conform with the new rule although Queen's College, Birmingham, continued to prescribe a dark-violet lining for its black stuff hood. The first subsequent deviation from this standard seems to have been Oak Hill College, Southgate, London, which in 1932 introduced a dark-blue hood though presumably it was dark enough not to notice in a dimly-lit church! Then in 1948, Chichester Theological College introduced a new hood design which looked as though it was a silk hood with a full silk-lining and binding but attempted to justify this by saying it was made of modern fibres which were not available in 1882 and so could not have been excluded by that regulation. Since then, there have been many hoods introduced which have flouted the 1882 rule (though, in fairness, it must be stated this has probably been through ignorance rather than blatant disregard). For examples, the hoods of the following institutions may be mentioned: Trinity College, Bristol (with its pseudo-DD hood); Salisbury Theological College; Southwark Ordination Course; Wells Theological College; North-West Ordination Course; Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; and last but not least, Salisbury/Wells Theological College which has a FOUR-colour hood.

An 'exception which proves the rule' is Edinburgh Theological College which has always prescribed a full-shape black silk hood fully lined with thistle-green silk. As the Scottish Episcopal Church is autonomous and not bound by the rules of Canterbury, least of all the 1882 regulation about college hoods, the Scottish bishops have continued to ensure that their own theological college provides a most beautiful hood for its successful students.

As several people have commented, nowadays if one wishes to wear a hood which is unusual but which also has a dignified splendour, a well-made all- black literate's hood is probably the best one to choose.


The Literate's Hood by Geoffrey R. Jackson

The literate's hood should certainly be in the simple shape to avoid confusion with the hoods for B.D. Oxon, Cantab, Dunelm, and T.C.D. In "The Cutter's Practical Guide to Cutting Clerical Garments", probably first published between 1890 and 1895, the literate's hood is described as being "made of black cord or black stuff material, sometimes lined with fine black alpaca". This information is followed by detailed instructions and measurements for the cutting of the material, and a diagram shows a simple- shaped hood, though not of the Oxford plain-cut pattern. Indeed, the shape appears to be distinctive.

In the same book mention is made of several theological hoods of those days including the Gloucester "made of black silk trimmed and edged with violet satin. The former design of this hood, still used by some wearers, is the Cambridge shape. The present and more modern style for the Gloucester hood is the Oxford shape. This change of shape occasionally occurs in some college hoods".

Perhaps it was also at this time that the full-shape literate's hood came into being, and so the two shapes have remained with us. Happily, Dr Franklyn, in the more recent edition of Haycraft's "Degrees and Hoods", mentions a literate's hood, made under his direction in the improved Oxford Burgon pattern. He says this is "a very handsome hood", and it is hoped that its appeal will be sufficient to remove the present anomaly which turns a true literate into a false graduate.

H O O D---I N F O R M A T I O N

The following hoods are not included in the fifth edition of Haycraft's book

Incorporated Association of Organists MIAO Simple shape light green silk, edged and partly lined with white fur.

Diocesan Reader, Chelmsford (not now awarded) Full shape black stuff with a very narrow edging or piping all around of Royal-blue silk.
)Editor's note:
)I have unable
)to confirm these
)details - can
)anyone help?

Society of Church Musicians MSCM Simple shape navy-blue silk, unlined: FSCM Simple (Burgon)shape black velvet, lined with navy-blue silk.

Oak Hill College, London from 1968: Full course - full shape dark-blue silk, lined for eight inches with light-blue silk and cowl edged with 3/8" light-blue silk; Short course - simple shape dark-blue silk, the cowl being trimmed with a light-blue cord.

(more new hoods in the next edition)

The following corrections are made to the fifth edition of Haycraft's book

AVCM Simple shape Royal-blue stuff lined with light-blue silk (p109; this hood is no longer prescribed)

MArt(RCA) Simple shape white silk lined with bright-crimson damask and edged with white fur.

MDes(RCA) Simple shape white silk lined with gold damask and edged with white fur. (p 110)

The College of Handicraft has been renamed the College of Craft Education and the initials appropriate to the hoods are now MCCEd and FCCEd respectively. (p110)

LCP Full shape black silk or stuff, lined with four inches of black watered silk and bound all round with ½inch of violet silk. (p110)