The duty of the Master of the Wardrobe was to provide “proper furniture for coronations, marriages, and funerals” of the sovereign and royal family, “cloaths of state, beds, hangings, and other necessaries for the houses of foreign ambassadors, cloaths of state for Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Prince of Wales, and ambassadors abroad,” as also to provide robes for Ministers of State, Knights of the Garter, &c. The last Master of the Wardrobe was Ralph, Duke of Montague, who died 1709.
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
The location can also be seen on this map: http://www.londonancestor.com/maps/baynards-thu...
David Quidnunc • Link
PERSONNEL AT THE WARDROBE
MASTER OF THE WARDROBE (1660-1671):
Sir Edward Mountagu
(Pepys's "My Lord")
(In 1671, Mountagu will sell the office to his cousin, Ralph Mountagu.)
There were about 25 tailors, cutters, lacemen, etc., and "a number of hands."
-- L&M Companion volume, "The Wardrobe" entry
Glyn • Link
There is still a plaque at the location of the Wardrobe in Wardrobe Place, which is just off Carter Lane, south of the cathedral. (Perhaps someone could take a photo of it for the Photo Album at: http://www.smartgroups.com/pictures/openalbum.c...
Cumsalisgrano • Link
" Ward robe " lifted from the OED:
from Ward " ward to watchout for or guard " mangled French and German: wearde,warde, garde [the loo]
like in guaudianship of parentless children
2. The office or department of a royal or noble household charged with the care of the wearing apparel. Also, the building in which the officers of this department conduct their business.
More than just wearing items, there be other items of use and value required for the odd occasion when there be visitors of note.
It also be the place where the Royal household gets its remuneration.
a1700 EVELYN Diary 25 Jan. 1645, In the wardrobe above they shew'd us fine wrought plate, porcelan, [etc.].
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.