VICTORIA WORKS (INCLUDING FORMERLY LISTED FLAGSTAFF AND RETAINING WALL)

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1343427
Date first listed:
08-Jul-1982
Date of most recent amendment:
11-Feb-1988
Statutory Address:
VICTORIA WORKS (INCLUDING FORMERLY LISTED FLAGSTAFF AND RETAINING WALL), GRAHAM STREET B1

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Location

Statutory Address:
VICTORIA WORKS (INCLUDING FORMERLY LISTED FLAGSTAFF AND RETAINING WALL), GRAHAM STREET B1

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District:
Birmingham (Metropolitan Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SP 06144 87416

Details

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 08/02/2013

SP 0687 SW 28/12 28/12

GRAHAM STREET Hockley B1 Victoria Works (including formerly listed flagstaff and retaining wall)

(Formerly listed as Flagstaff building and retaining wall fronting Graham Street and returning round corner of Vittoria Street)

II

Factory, 1838-45, c1850 and 1887. Red brick with ashlar and stucco dressings. Main street front has an 11 bay, 3 storey facade with a deep ashlar plinth, and first floor ashlar band, plus a C20 brick coped parapet. Central archway with projecting rusticated surround, and segmental ashlar archway, flanked by sashes, and topped by entablature. Either side pairs of sashes, with beyond single doorways in ashlar surrounds with-bracketed triangular hoods, beyond again are single sashes. Above central tripartite sash in pilaster surround topped with entablature, with either side 3 sashes, and beyond single sashes with bracketed ashlar hoods, and beyond again single sashes. Above again a central tripartite casement window with ashlar mullions, beyond either side 5 casements all with concrete lintels. To the right a 4 metre high brick wall with inset Tuscan pilasters and an ashlar blocking course. At the centre a medallion terracotta relief of Queen Victoria flanked by palm fronds and set within an attic storey itself flanked by flattened volutes. The attic storey conceals a small building that stands at right angles behind the wall and through whose roof a mighty flagstaff soars. This wall continues around the corner and along Vittoria Street. Beyond this is a 3 storey 2 bay, hipped roof building with irregular fenestration. Beyond again is an eight bay, 3 storey building with dentilated eaves. Central segmental archway, flanked by 3 sashes to the left, and 2 sashes to the right with a doorway beyond, above 8 irregular windows, with 8 small irregular windows above. Frederick Street front has a 13 bay front similarly fenestrated to the main front with beyond a 10 bay building in a plainer style with ground and first floor cill bands. The ground floor windows are mostly glazing bar casements with above iron frame windows with segment heads. The inner courtyard has an irregular 27 bay rear wing, 3 storey with irregular fenestration, mostly with iron frame windows with segment heads. This factory complex was built for Joseph Gillort to produce steel pen nibs by his new pressing method. The building is reputed to have been partly designed by Charles Edge of Birmingham. The building is listed because of its importance in the industrial development of Birmingham and because of the international importance of this first mass production of pen nibs.



Listing NGR: SP0616587399

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
217145
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

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Date: 20 Aug 2000
Reference: IOE01/01020/15
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr D.R. Smith. Source Historic England Archive
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