WJ Burgess & Company

 WJ Burgess and Company was a well-known footwear manufacturer in the area, specialising in slipper production. The photograph shows one of the premises used by the company in Hanham Road, Kingswood, which they occupied until early 1965. 

The retired American actress and singer Ann Blyth is shown in the other photograph trying on her favourite slippers that were produced by the company. Ann made her film debut in 1944 and appeared in a large number of movies and TV shows until her retirement in 1985. She appeared with the Burgess slippers in the 1955 MGM musical film, Kismet, starring with Howard Keele, Delores Gray and Vic Damone. 

If you or someone you know worked for WJ Burgess and Company, Kingswood Heritage Museum would love to hear from you on 0117 960 5664 or by email at: kingswoodmuseum@gmail.com