A row of alms houses was built at by Henry, Third Lord Stanley in 1872. It is said that he insisted on the women who occupied it should wear Welsh hats and cloaks (presumably red), when he visited them but the tradition ceased on his death in 1903. There are many postcards and photographs of groups of women sitting outside the building taking tea, dressed in tall hats and cloaks.
More women with hats here.
Men Without Hats here: