Burton’s Elephant !

Halifax Building Society now occupy the Burton Art Deco Building on Military Road and High Street, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping

Halifax Building Society now occupy the Burton Art Deco Building on Military Road and High Street, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping

Halifax Building Society now occupy the former Burton Tailors Art Deco Building on Military Road and High Street, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping

Halifax Building Society now occupy the former Burton Tailors Art Deco Building on Military Road and High Street, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Burton’s Tailors, Military Road, Chatham  – now the Halifax Building Society

“Burton’s long history in men’s clothing is a remarkable story. It was founded in 1903 by Montague Burton (originally named Meshe Osinsky), one of several Russian Jewish immigrants who built enormously successful businesses from humble beginnings.

Burton became a household name because of good public relations and the way it treated its workers. Burton bought shops in the prime town centre spots and were instantly recognisable because of their design. There were few men in England who didn’t at some time enter the portals of a Burton’s “gentlemen’s club” and get measured for a Burton suit.

On the eve of the 1939-45 war, Burton again turned to the production of uniforms for troops. After the war, Burton produced a suit for war veterans nicknamed “The Full Monty”. By the end of the war, Burton was estimated to be clothing around a fifth of British males.” On:Yorkshire Magazine 20th December 2012

The Art Deco Elephant motif on the building on Halifax Building on Military Road was common to all Burtons buildings throughout the 1930’s. It is a large and significant building in Chatham and one which assists in anchoring our site on the route from the Station to the Waterfront – not insignificantly because of it’s wonderful Elephant motif’s.

The Halifax Building Society now occupies the former Burton Art Deco Building on Military Road and High Street, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping

The Halifax Building Society now occupies the former Burton Art Deco Building on Military Road and High Street, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

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3 Responses to “Burton’s Elephant !”

  1. Terry December 28, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    The saying (now somewhat defunct) of “going for a Burton” also comes from this tailors chain. I am fairly sure that my Father said that at the end of the war when you were demobbed you either got a voucher or money to get a new suit to return to life in “civvie street” and that was known as “going for a Burton”.

    However, the saying became associated with things like a company going bust or somebody taking a tumble. Or at least they were in our household.

  2. Christopher Tipping December 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    KAT – My sincere apologies for not responding to your wonderfully supportive and positive post on the Chatham Project. I have not accessed my blog for some time – the project got really busy and demanding. However – we are now almost there and hopefully work should be starting on site early in the New Year – around April perhaps – but don’t quote me on that ! Best Wishes – Chris

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