Special Collections & Archives


Weatherill Papers: business papers

Papers relating to the tailoring business B. Weatherill Ltd.

Accession code: WEA/B

These 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 received 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 received its royal warrants and the Royal family continue to use the firm in this respect.

The majority of the older business records and memorabilia remain with the Weatherill family, but there is an interesting series of reminiscences 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.

2 folders, covering the period 1971-1989

WEA/B C Business Papers - Correspondence Files

These files relate to the business dealing of Bernard Weatherill Ltd and the later Kilgour Weatherill.

1 folder

1971 to 1989
WEA/B C1 Royal Warrants and B. Weatherill Ltd

The file concerns the applications by B. Weatherill Ltd and later Kilgour Weatherill for royal warrants for their tailoring business. At various times they had warrants from the Queen, the Queen Mother, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales and much of the correspondence is about applications for their renewal or the change of name or premises of the firm. There is also correspondence, invitations rule books about the Royal Warrant Holders Association.

1 folder (44 docs)

1971 to 1989

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