|Mrs Adams, showing the fashionable Manx plait c.1880 – 1900 © Manx National Heritage|
So, what’s the story behind the hairstyle worn by Mrs Adams? Historian Ruth Goodman (of BBC2 programme Victorian Farm) had the opportunity to look at Manx National Heritage’s glass plate collection during her visit to the Isle of Man in 2010. Ruth commented that a lot of the women had the same unusual front plait – and wondered whether it might have been a particular Manx style at the time. So more a Manx fashion than a Manx creation? All pure speculation of course! Next time you have a look through the family album, see if you can spot a similar style. Perhaps your great-grandma was on trend too!