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Pooley Gates, Soho Foundry, Smethwick

Description: Pooley Gates, Soho Foundry

Grade: II
Date Listed: 30 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 219289

OS Grid Reference: SP0360288764
OS Grid Coordinates: 403602, 288764
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4968, -1.9484

Location: 10 Avery Road, Smethwick B66 2LP

Locality: Smethwick
County: Sandwell
Country: England
Postcode: B66 2LP

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Listing Text

SP 08 NW
9/79 Pooley Gates, Soho Foundry

Gates and gateway. Circa 1840, moved to present position C20. Cast iron.
Lower part in four sections, the two central ones opening as gates. Each
has diagonal lattice infill cast to resemble rope, with a knot at each inter-
section. Each has a central lozenge with a cast mermaid with two tails. Above
is an elaborate superstructure, with a Liver bird above ropework draped with
cloth, flanked by nautical symbols including oars, flags and bugles, ships'
wheels and intersecting dolphins. A C20 plaque is inscribed: "These gates were
cast by Henry Pooley and Son about 1840 for the Sailors' Home, Liverpool. The
Avery and Pooley Foundries were amalgamated in 1931". Soho Foundry is on the
site of the foundry established in 1796 by Boulton, Watt and Sons for the manu-
facture of steam engine parts.

Listing NGR: SP0360288764

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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