The origins of the Tattersall

Monday, 4 November 2019
The origins of the Tattersall

Tattersall, now synonymous with country style, has an interesting pedigree. These immediately recognisable, simple two or three colour over checks started life as lowly horse blankets. First commissioned by Richard Tattersall in 1766, for use on the race horses auctioned at his eponymous auction house, near Hyde Park, in what was at the time on the outskirts of London.

Tattersall race horse auction in Hyde Park

The distinctive patterns started to be woven in pure cotton, in Lancashire for use in shirtings. The robust twill construction and bright patterns made them ideal for working shirts, and they were adopted by agricultural workers. By the late nineteenth century, tattersall had become the natural shirt to partner tweed suits and was worn by any gentleman venturing into the country.

Cordings adopted the style as part of its permanent collection in the late nineteenth and our tattersall shirts are still one of the cornerstones of the men’s collection. Our shirts have a distinctive block: deliberately roomy with long tails, ensuring that the garment is totally functional in the field. The cloth is still woven for us in exclusive patterns, some taken from our archives, and each season the colours are carefully selected to sit with our corduroy and moleskin trousers.

For the perfect English country style, one that has been worn for over a century, team your tattersall with corduroy trousers and a tweed jacket, complete the look with a game motif tie and handkerchief.