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Ashford and Sons, Birmingham

Description: Ashford and Sons

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 8 July 1982
English Heritage Building ID: 217153

OS Grid Reference: SP0637787947
OS Grid Coordinates: 406377, 287947
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4894, -1.9075

Location: 22 A41, Birmingham B18 6EL

Locality: Birmingham
County: Birmingham
Country: England
Postcode: B18 6EL

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Listing Text

Hockley B18
Nos 16, 17 and 18
(Ashford and Sons)
SP 0687 NW 24/3
Dated 1912. A particularly sensitive formal elevation to a jewellery works,
containing Birmingham Arts and Crafts with Edwardian Baroque details all executed
to a very high standard. Three storeys, high quality red brickwork with some faults
and Portland stone dressings above. Portland stone ground floor. The 4 bay front
has a monumental arched recess enclosing the 2 central bays with large keystone rising
to parapet coping. The flanking bays are set forward from the plane of the arch by
one brick, thin windows vertically framed by sheer brick piers up to the coping and
finished off with shallow gables of stone and brick chequer as are the aprons below
the sills. Windows are stone mullioned and transomed, those to second floor in
centre forming a vast lunette with the arch of the recess. The ground floor stonework
has deep set horizontal grooving struck into concave reveals of window and door arches
with keystones. The left hand archway serves as a wagon entrance, balanced by the
office doorway to right given a more formal emphasis by Tuscan columns set in antis
with entablature carried across on the spring of the arch. The keystone here takes
the form of a large console. The company name and date plaques are set in band below
central first floor windows, in finely carved stonework with Arts and Crafts

Listing NGR: SP0636587936

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Source: English Heritage

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