Aragon Red Vestment
According to tradition these vestments were made by Queen Catherine of Aragon and her maids while she was imprisoned at Kimbolton between 1534 and 1536. It is also said that these vestments later belonged to Canterbury Cathedral and were given to St Omers by James II. They are of red velvet ground, renewed by Br. Houghton. He also replaced the scalloped gold braid which borders the vestments and orphreys and both the velvet and lace were bought from Lyons by the rector, Fr. Francis Daniel in about 1839. The embroidery was also remounted at this time on satin. The dove at the centre of the cross is of gold bullion and was probably made by Br. Houghton himself, the original being beyond repair. The grapes are worked in silver thread. The leaves are original, cut from the old ground, repaired where necessary and arranged in the same order as the originals.
These vestments were traditionally worn at Pentecost and on the feast of the Blessed Edmund Campion and Companions.