Buildings Tour List 0f Buildings

Start Bottom of Newhall Hill

13 Argent Centre corner of Frederick Street and Graham StreetArgent Centre – The former Albert Works, a pen and pencil-making factory of 1862-63, built in Lombardic Renaissance style.

15 Alabaster & Wilson Legge LaneAlabaster & Wilson, Legge Lane – A small jewellery factory dating from 1891.

14 Gwenda Works Legge LaneGwenda Works, Legge Lane (formerly Union Works) – Built in 1913 for a silver-smith and manufacturer of cut glass. Later used to manufacture enamelled powder compacts and bells for cats’ collars!

26 1840's houses in Albion Street1840s houses, 54-61 Albion Street – Converted to offices and workshops.

27 -  25 Frederick StreetA former metal warehouse of 188825 Frederick Street.

Rose Villa Tavern, Vyse Street – Of 1919-20 and the adjacent Jewellery Quarter Clock Tower, built to mark Joseph Chamberlain’s visit to South Africa in 1903.

19 Aquinas House, 63 Warstone LaneAquinas House, 63 Warstone Lane – The former jewellery factory of Manton & Mole, built 1882.

Two ornate small factories27-29 Warstone Lane  – Built between 1860 and 1875.

21  - 7 Warstone LaneWorkshops dating from between 1855 and 188, 67 Warstone Lane – Where through the window, a jeweller can often still be seen at work.

22 - Reliance Works, 42 Caroline StreetReliance Works of Pickering & Mayell jewellery case makers, 42 Caroline Street – Built as two houses with workshops in the late 1820s.

 (Building not found) The Big Peg, 120 Vyse Street – A flatted factory opened in 1971, originally open plan to allow interacting of jewellers. However, this never proved popular with the trade and a plan to replicate these factories was never followed through.

16 - 94 Wyse Street House and workshop of about 1860, 94 Vyse Street.

 6 - Plantagenet Buildings, Spencer StreetPlantagenet Buildings, Spencer Street – A development of houses and workshops of about 1871, in Italianate style.

 5 - Jewellery Business CentreJewellery Business Centre, Spencer Street – Redeveloped former houses and workshops in 1989 by the Duchy of Cornwall, including the famous contemporary designed ‘Prince of Wales’ gates.

 1 - Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, 75-79 Vyse Street Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, 75-79 Vyse Street – Built as a small jewellery factory from 1909.

 2 - 69-70 Great Hampton StreetTwo houses of 183069-70 Great Hampton Street – Later typically converted to workshops.

 3 - 80-82 4Great Hampton Street A former button works of 1872, 80-82 Great Hampton Street – Button-making was an important industry in Birmingham.

 4 - 44-45 Great Hampton Street - Pelican WorksTwo houses of 1830, 44-45 Great Hampton Street Pelican Works – A former electro-plating factory circa 1868 – note the stone Pelican!

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