Winchester’s Fashionable History

Just a year ago, a discovery was made linking Winchester to an iconic British fashion brand. Winchester Churches Nightshelter, located on Jewry Street, was approached by a local historian researching the possible site of a former factory owned by Burberry.

The building’s lease was examined and it was confirmed that in the 1920’s Burberry had indeed used the Nightshelter’s premises. It is thought that it may have been where trench coats were manufactured for World War One. The building remained in their hands until 1938 when the lease shows that it was sold to Hampshire County Council.

The building is now used by Winchester Churches Nightshelter to provide emergency accommodation and life-changing support to people experiencing homelessness. Each year around 118 people stay at the Nightshelter with each resident benefiting from one-to-one support to help them to make positive steps towards a more secure future and escape homelessness for good.

The city’s link to Burberry’s past is being celebrated as part of Winchester Fashion Week with a collaboration between Winchester Churches Nightshelter and Winchester School of Art. Using donated deadstock Burberry fabrics, 2nd and 3rd year students created sustainable outfits which have been photographed at the site of the old Burberry factory and will be on display at the WSA gallery through Winchester Fashion Week. Find out more:

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