Friday, February 27, 2015

Medieval Households: The Napery

The napery was a room (or perhaps closet) where linens were kept, such as tablecloths and sheets. They were often washed here, as well, though the Laundry might be a separate room.

The head of the napery was the naperer. The surname Napier derives from association with this office, or the production of tablecloths.

The word "apron" was originally "napron." People saying, "A napron," accidentally said, "An apron," until the habit stuck. Napron came from the French "naperon," or "small table cloth," eymologically related, yes, to the napery.

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