Barbara Jessie Burton 1927

This foundation stone is set into a building at one end of Princes Street, Cork. I never noticed it until the day I took this photo and a quick search for Barbara Jessie Burton returns information and pictures of foundation stones laid by her in the years following 1927:

Nottingham, UK

Vauxhall Gardens, UK (PDF)

stone2 Aldershot, UK A comment on Streatham Elephants mentions her too.


Does anyone know anything else about Barbara Jessie Burton?

  • John Finn 8y

    I think she and her husband Stanley Howard Burton were the owners/directors of Burtons gentlemen's outfitters who had several stores in the UK and Ireland.
  • arranging constellations 8y

    i have never noticed that before
    off i go on a search...
  • Donncha O Caoimh 8y

    carrigman - thanks! That's a fascinating bit of history. I wonder who paid for the upkeep of the stone. Hopefully someone who knows will come by here some day and answer that one. Could be the council of course.
  • robert wade 3mo

    Donncha O Caoimh Have linked some photos

    Barbara Jessie Burton 1929, The Rock, Bury, Lancashire by mrrobertwade (wadey)
  • robert wade 3mo

    Sir Montague Maurice Burton (15 August 1885, Lithuania – 21 September 1952, Leeds) founded Burton, one of Britain's largest chains of clothes shops.

    Born a Lithuanian Jew (Moshe Osinsky) in Kaunas province, he came alone to Britain in 1900. In 1901, he was staying in Cheetham Hill, Manchester. He started as a peddler, then set up as a general outfitter in Chesterfield in 1903 selling readymade suits bought from a wholesaler. Following his marriage to Sophie Marks in 1909 the name of the company was changed from M. Burton to Burton & Burton. They had one daughter (1910) then a son (1914). On the birth of twin boys in (1917) he gave his name as Montague Maurice Burton. However, he had not changed his name legally, which caused problems during the First World War.
    Burton's factory, Hudson Road, Leeds LS9

    By 1913 Burton had five men's tailor shops with headquarters in Sheffield and manufacturing in Leeds. He had four hundred shops, and factories and mills, by 1929, when the company went public. His firm made a quarter of the British military uniforms during World War II and a third of demobilisation clothing.

    Burton was knighted in 1931 for "services to industrial relations" and was a Justice of the Peace for many years. He died while speaking after a dinner in Leeds. The funeral was at the Chapeltown Synagogue.

    Burton endowed chairs in industrial relations in the University of Leeds and Cardiff in 1929 and Cambridge in 1930. He also endowed chairs of international relations in Jerusalem (1929), at Oxford University (1930), the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (1936) and The University of Edinburgh (1948).

    He is commemorated in the Montague Burton Residences, which are student flats at the University of Leeds.
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