‘The place in feudal courts where the lords kept their precious objects, jewellery and valuable garments. With the establishment of feudal monarchies in the 11th and 12th centuries, the Wardrobe became part of the treasury. In England it was controlled by the exchequer until the 13th century. During the minority of Henry III it was organized as an independent body, becoming the king’s private treasury; thus its revenues and expenditures were not controlled by the exchequer nor the baronage. The Wardrobe, however, lost its importance in the 14th century.’
From Aryeh Grabois’s eternally delightful and absurdly quotable The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Medieval Civilization. Anyway, this puts a whole new spin on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, right?