It rains a lot in Yorkshire.

These umbrella stands provide a place to put a wet umbrella during service in the chapel.

Although they probably originate in Ancient Egypt, and were used in the prehistoric Near East, China, India and the Mediterranean, umbrellas did not come into general use in the UK until the 1780s. They had been used widely in France for the previous 80 years, but the English were reluctant to adopt them.

Umbrellas quickly became a fashion item and could be made in a variety of colours and sizes. Their handles could be made into all sorts of personalised shapes.

Read more about the history of umbrella’s HERE

National Umbrella Day is held on 10th February.