Drawings of Anglo-Saxons

ANGLO-SAXON DISCOVERY

Drawings of objects

CHILDREN'S CLOTHES

What did Anglo-Saxon children wear?

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This is how an Anglo-Saxon boy and girl may have dressed
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Anglo-Saxon Girl

Anglo-Saxon girl drawn by Joanna age 8

Anglo-Saxon Boy

Anglo-Saxon boy drawn by Ally age 8

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How do we know what Anglo-Saxon children wore?

We cannot be sure exactly what Anglo-Saxon children would have worn, but we can make a guess based on objects found in graves, from drawings in Anglo-Saxon books and images on objects.

It appears that Anglo-Saxon children wore clothes similar to the adults. Boys would wear trousers with a tunic and a belt at the waist, like men. Girls may have just worn a long tunic dress but some girls also appear to have worn the over-dress held together with a pair of brooches at the shoulders and a belt at the waist. Children would also have worn leather shoes.

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Look at these pictures. What can you find out about what Anglo-Saxon children from these images? (See if you can identify the objects in the pictures)

Grave of young girl from Wallingford
Objects from childs grave at Brighthampton
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Click HERE to find what these objects tell us about Anglo-Saxon children
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