Oldknow Lower School

14 Jan 2001
Oldknow Lower School, Waverley Road B10, Birmingham, West Midlands, B10 0EG
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5104 Small Heath B10 Oldknow Lower School SP 08 NE 7/90 II* GV 2.

C1880-5, by Martin of Martin and Chamberlain. Red brick with cut and moulded brick and terracotta dressings. Single storeyed. Five gabled bays, the fourth and fifth staggered somewhat. Each bay with a single large 2 centred arched window with, in the gables above, blank lights in terracotta between the vertical banding. In the fifth gable, 2 lancet type windows with an encircled quatrefoil in the gable above.

On the left a cross wing that extends down the east side with close set gabled windows. Above all, rises sheer a slender tower whose height is accentuated by quoin pilasters and central vertical ribbing to each face. Above, a band of blind traceried windows. Then prominent corner pinnacles between which rise diminutive panelled gables to each side. From the middle rises a short openwork spire in the manner of Burgos, crocketted in its upper part and terminating in an iron weathervane.

At the rear, towards Byron Road, a broad advanced gabled bay with 2 broad lancet windows with encircled quatrefoil above, then 3 even gabled bays similar but somewhat narrower and lower and with a pair of pointed arched sash windows in the gable and then, on the right, a large 2 storeyed, apparently later, wing 4 gabled bays by 4 gabled bays square and in a generally less rich style. The whole site is enclosed by its original walls and railings. Brick with terracotta finial cap.

Plan rails on iron coping to dwarf walls. For the former Master's house here, see No 10 Byron Road.

Listing NGR: SP0976585201


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2179 IOE Records taken by R J Wheeler; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr R. J Wheeler. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

People & Organisations

Photographer: Wheeler, R. J

Rights Holder: Wheeler, R. J


Brick, Iron, Terracotta, Victorian Weather Vane, Unassigned, Wall, Monument (By Form), Barrier, School, Education, Railings