1-7, Constitution Hill B19, Birmingham
Description: 1-7, Constitution Hill B19
Date Listed: 23 February 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 216993
OS Grid Reference: SP0678787645
OS Grid Coordinates: 406787, 287645
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4867, -1.9015
Location: Hampton Street, Birmingham B19 3LG
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City Centre B19
Nos 1 to 7 (odd)
SP 0687 NE 25/5 25.2.81
1896 built as works and offices for H B Sale, architects William Doubleday and
Shaw. Narrow triangular site with Hampton Street. Four storeys, dark red brick
elevations, terracota dressed, with swept shaped gables, the dominating feature
of the design is the striking 5 storey circular tower at the apex of the site,
faced in red terracotta. The upper floors are corbelled out from the base and
are richly ornamented with freely handled decorated forms terminating in a
galleried cupola that is of transitional Spanish Romanesque derivation
(Salamanca a Zamora). Shafted first floor windows, and bold ogee arches and drips
to 2nd floor. Between the second and third floors lush almost Richardsonian floral
decoration setting off the initials of H B Gale in large sinuous caps. Medieval
heads projecting from roundel plaques in spandrels of first floor window arches.
The swept gable side elevations have lively fenestration principally on tripartite
theme: segmental arcading containing ground floor windows and doors; group of 2
and 3 light windows with lobed shaped over arches on first floor and round arched
galleried windows to upper floors. Parapet heightened between gables on Hampton
Street. The building holds a very commanding position in the townscape.
Listing NGR: SP0678887646
Source: English Heritage
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