For those of you who don’t know A charabanc or “char-à-banc” is a type of horse drawn vehichle or early motor coach, usually open-topped, common in Britain during the early part of the 20th century. It was especially popular for sight-seeing or works outings to the country or the seaside, organised by businesses once a year. The name derives from the French char à bancs (“carriage with wooden benches”), the vehicle having originated in France in the early 19th century (thanks wikipedia!) Here at Strumpet towers we were rather horrified to learn that this fine word, which we still use on a regular basis, has fallen victim to the word cull afflicting Collins pocket dictionary. According to them it, along with other fine vintage terms such as aerodrome, just aren’t being used enough! We urge you to use glorious vintage era words in all of your correspondance, novels, emails and texts so that we don’t lose them forever! How we would love to go on a Strumpet outing to the seaside in a charabanc and partake of some sea air and a cream tea…thank goodness you can still hire a charabanc for such an occasion from Wheels & Midland red coach!
We know exactly what we’d wear now that the weather has taken a turn for the autumnal – Harris tweed! How we love our heritage fabrics here in Strumpetland! To herald the arrival of bright, chilly days we will soon be launching our heritage collection – gorgeous tweed hats and collars with cotton velvet trim which look gorgeous with a classic winter coat or mac and tall riding boots or Hunter wellies…watch this space!