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Report - The Gothic Works Jewellers / Marmoset Nightclub Birmingham,

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. dweeb

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    As I'm sure many of you are aware Birmingham was the hub of the Jewellery trade in Britain for many years. Most of the city's factories were in what is now known as the "Jewellery Quarter" which is an area peppered with small independent workshops making everything from watch cases to earrings, trophies and fine tableware.

    I've struggled to find out much about the buildings early history. Most of the buildings around this area of Birmingham were built in the 1860's, and were designed to have a shop at ground level with workshops above. This building seems to have been laid out in such a fashion. Particularly lavish for a workshop, the building boasts some very nice plasterwork and carpentry on it's staircases. Originally my best guess is most of the upstairs was workshops, with a trade counter at the top floor, served by a hatch in a door. Here original racking and safes can still be seen, along with a dispenser for wrapping paper.

    In about 1963 the first floor was occupied by the 'marmoset nightclub', which was an executive club for "the discerning". The ripped up photos of scantily clad dolly birds may add an insight as to the kind of club the marmoset was. My guess is it closed some time in the late 60's and other than the shop below being used as a cafe and a couple of floors above being used as offices the greater part of the building has been disused ever since.

    The floor above, which was the original office to the jewellers had been used as the clubs office. This whole floor had been plaster boarded off some time in the early 70's and only a tiny hole allowed access... the whole place was a time capsule, kind of like if you dropped an imperial tonne of pigeon crap on the black country museum.

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    This must be 1930's if not older
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    The cellar still had this range in situ
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  2. TranKmasT

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    Blimey that's old. I Can almost taste the pigeon crap. Proper vintage. Thanks for bringing it to the table.
     
  3. ACID- REFLUX

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    Nice ones :thumb

    I remember driving @ this area after some epic local fails, it reminded me of parts of Sheffield.... totally Derp ie the Silversmiths area that"s still active today in Derps :)
     
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    Shitting hell.......that's pigeon shit alright :eek:

    great report and pics :thumb
     
  5. Speed

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    Its a good job we have both been the the Jewelry Q museum or id probably not have recognized it as a Jewlers..
     
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    Some really good finds there. Love the newspaper and calender.
    Thats some legendary bird shit tho.

    LS
     
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    Wow that's proper old, my dad worked for Brolac (and then Berger) for many many years.. still got a few old tins in the shed! Probably lead based paint, the good stuff!
     
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    Lovely stuff i just love mooching and rummaging through these places you never know what will turn up great work there thanks for posting.
     
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    Esso Blue parrafin, remember having a heater with that in 1971!! Cracking find. .
     
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    Another winner, always coming up with the goods.
     
  11. clebby

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    Superb photos.

    I kept one of those gala night programmes and it says there was a 2 guinea donation to a charity for 'mentally handicapped children'. Must have been one pricey strip club!
     
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    I cannot have been in the exploring mood when we went a few weeks ago. I wasn't too impressed with the place and never bothered to get my camera out. Your pics make me want to go back and have a fresh look at it. I think the only part i really liked was the 60's bedroom in the loft.
     
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    This is great, I love all the period features in this place.......but that pigeon shit is something else!
     
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    Fucking pigeons always ruining places! Still it looks awesome :)
     
  15. jST

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    Admirable as always, great poster wall.
     
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