CollectionBernard Weatherill Papers
TitleBusiness Papers
Name of creatorWeatherill, Bruce Bernard (1920-2007) Baron Weatherill, Speaker of the House of Commons
Extent2 folders
DescriptionThese records relate to the tailoring business, B. Weatherill Ltd, started by Weatherill's father, Bernard B. Weatherill. The business began as a 'Civil, Military and Sporting Tailors' and had a particularly prosperous phase during the First World War, when orders were recieved from the military for uniforms. At this time there were shops in Ascot, Aldershot and Camberley, though some of these closed at the end of the war. However various premises were used for the business in central London, mainly in Conduit Street which continued to be used until they were bombed out in 1939. In the meantime the business took over various other tailors businesses, and also had branches in New York as Bernard Weatherill Inc and in South Africa. In 1982 the company merged to become Kilgour Weatherill, though continued its reputation particularly in making riding outfits. It is from this branch of its work that it recieved its royal warrants and the Royal family continue to use the firm in this respect. The majority of the older business records and memorablia remain with the Weatherill family, but there is an interesting series of reminescenes by Bernard B. Weatherill in WEA/C M1, which includes information about his days as a tailor. Weatherill also in his speeches and interviews often makes reference to his early days as an apprentice and later Director of the family firm.
NotesPrevious reference number: WEA/B
PhysicalDescription1 folder
Access conditionsThis material is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU (
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