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Latitude: 55.8457 / 55°50'44"N
Longitude: -4.4234 / 4°25'24"W
OS Eastings: 248363
OS Northings: 664041
OS Grid: NS483640
Mapcode National: GBR 3K.4PJ6
Mapcode Global: WH3P6.0BWG
Entry Name: 6 and 8 High Street, Burton's
Listing Date: 17 October 2005
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 398079
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50162
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Paisley East and Central
Traditional County: Renfrewshire
1929-30, Henry Wilson. 3-storey, roughly 5-bay by 3-bay Art Deco classical shop building occupying prominent corner site with paired giant Ionic pilasters to 1st and 2nd floors, curved corner treatment, and stepped parapet; shopfronts at ground altered. Steel framed building with white faience cladding at 1st and 2nd floors; limestone or concrete to ground of Dyer's Wynd elevation. Mid- or later 20th century glazed shopfronts at ground with bays divided by simple pilasters; deep fascia framed by corniced architrave which is also 1st floor cill course; stylised paired giant Ionic pilasters to 1st and 2nd floors with metal-framed glazing between and wider bay at corner; reeded cast-iron panels with central rosettes dividing 1st and 2nd floors; entablature above with key-pattern cornice and anthemion band; stepped parapet with blind Burton's panel at centre and anthemion finial above; very plain outer bays. Service door to rear (Dyer's Wynd) elevation with moulded, shouldered architrave encompassing panel inscribed BURTON BUILDINGS. Interior reconstructed.
Situated at Paisley Cross on the corner of the High Street and Gilmour Street. The rear elevation faces Dyer's Wynd.
A well-detailed Art Deco shop building occupying a very prominent position in the centre of Paisley. Henry (or Harry) Wilson was based in Leeds and was architect to the Montague Burton tailoring chain.
Burton's was a pioneering clothing chain, established by a Jewish-Russian immigrant, Meshe Osinsky, who came to England at the age of 15 in 1900 and changed his name to Morris (then later Montague) Burton. He started as a door-to-door salesman selling accessories, but by about 1905 had opened a shop in Chesterfield selling ready-made suits. He felt that it should be possible to make made-to-measure suits at prices that working men could afford and found a company, Zimmerman Bros, in Leeds who could supply these. Burton's grew very rapidly, first in the Midlands and then across Britain: in 1919 he had 40 shops; 10 years later there were 200 branches. From 1910, Burton's manufactured their own clothes, from a factory in Leeds, and this became the largest clothing factory in the world, employing 10,000 workers and producing 30,000 suits a week. Burton's had a strong presence on the High Street, with Art Deco buildings designed mostly by Henry Wilson. These were often built to incorporate dance halls or billiard halls on the upper floor, as a way of attracting customers. It is not known whether the Paisley branch incorporated either of these.
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