London haberdasher John Hetherington nearly caused a riot when he wore the first tophat into the Strand on Jan. 15, 1797:        An excited throng gathered about the owner and the crowd soon increased to such a dangerous extent that the authorities had to interfere. The next morning the daring haberdasher was brought before the Lord Mayor charged with ‘walking down a public highway wearing upon his head a tall structure having a shining lustre calculated to alarm

London haberdasher John Hetherington nearly caused a riot when he wore the first tophat into the Strand on Jan. 15, 1797: An excited throng gathered about the owner and the crowd soon increased to such a dangerous extent that the authorities had to interfere. The next morning the daring haberdasher was brought before the Lord Mayor charged with ‘walking down a public highway wearing upon his head a tall structure having a shining lustre calculated to alarm

When the first top hat was worn by the haberdasher John Hetherington in 1797, it caused a near riot. According to a newspaper account, “passersby panicked at the sight. Several women fainted, children screamed, dogs yelped, and an errand boy’s arm was broken when he was trampled by the mob.”  So Hetherington was taken to court for wearing “a tall structure having a shining luster calculated to frighten timid people.”

When the first top hat was worn by the haberdasher John Hetherington in 1797, it caused a near riot. According to a newspaper account, “passersby panicked at the sight. Several women fainted, children screamed, dogs yelped, and an errand boy’s arm was broken when he was trampled by the mob.” So Hetherington was taken to court for wearing “a tall structure having a shining luster calculated to frighten timid people.”

The very first top hat was worn by John Hetherington, a London haberdasher. He was fined £50 the first time he wore his new creation, for causing a disturbance

The very first top hat was worn by John Hetherington, a London haberdasher. He was fined £50 the first time he wore his new creation, for causing a disturbance

Jan. 15.  The 145th anniversary of the Top Hat.  Designed and first worn by John Hetherington, a London clothier.

Jan. 15. The 145th anniversary of the Top Hat. Designed and first worn by John Hetherington, a London clothier.

( DAME NELLIE Opera Singer ) MELBA - A Biography - JOHN HETHERINGTON

( DAME NELLIE Opera Singer ) MELBA - A Biography - JOHN HETHERINGTON

Dame Nellie Melba biographer John Hetherington published 1993.

Dame Nellie Melba biographer John Hetherington published 1993.

The Top Hat Riot of 1797 The top hat was invented by John Hetherington, a haberdasher of the Strand, London. What he called a “silk ha...

The Top Hat Riot of 1797 The top hat was invented by John Hetherington, a haberdasher of the Strand, London. What he called a “silk ha...

To show you how this technique works, we searched for a bench badly in need of flattening. We found a doozie in the workshop of John Hetherington, ...

To show you how this technique works, we searched for a bench badly in need of flattening. We found a doozie in the workshop of John Hetherington, ...

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