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Soho Foundry, Foundry Lane

Soho Foundry, Foundry Lane, Smethwick, Sandwell B66 2LP View on map

Grade II* listed foundry, pattern stores and erecting shops created in 1795 by Matthew Boulton and James Watt who established the firm of Boulton and Watt. The company was of pivotal importance in the history of the Industrial Revolution as it produced for the first time complete steam engines, making and assembling all the separate components on site. Now owned by Avery Weigh-Tronix, it is used for the manufacture of weighing machines.


Opening Arrangements

Arrangements are by appointment only. Open for Heritage Open Days too.


M5 junction 1, A41 to Smethwick. Rail: Birmingham New Street ( 2 miles). Bus. Various services from Birmingham city centre stop nearby .

Parking Spaces


Parking is on the street, approx. 150m away from entrance.

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: Yes