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Report - Unity Works - Birmingham - Feb 2018

mockney reject

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#1
The History

The Unity works, in Vittoria Street, was owned and occupied by Henry Jenkins and Sons LTD. This company was made up of Henry Jenkins, James Jenkins, Fredrick Jenkins and Samuel Jenkins, trading under the style or firm of Henry Jenkins and Sons, General Stampers and Piercers, of Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, for the invention of "certain improvements in metallic clips for permanently or temporarily binding or holding together manuscripts, papers, pamphlets, or for other like purposes."'

In 1897 the company was registered on 8 November, to take over the business of medallists, die sinkers etc. of the firm of the same name.

In 1992 Heritage bought Henry Jenkins and Sons, which was established in 1886, and supplied London Mint and Raleigh Bicycles. The company still owns the Henry Jenkins building in Vittoria Street in the Jewellery Quarter but Mr McDonagh believes many of the buildings in the area are not suitable for modern manufacturing."

2 other companies used the Unity works as well, B & G Silversmiths and William Adams LTD, both silversmiths. B & G focused their work on repairing and re-plating EPNS as opposed to making silverware like William Adams LTD. I can find a few examples of William Adams LTD including a record of their silver hallmark.

The British Heritage listing states that in 1865 Unity Works was built as a toolmakers works and was originally a symmetrical 12 bay front with a narrower 3 bay shallow end breaks, extended in similar style with 5 slightly broader bays in 1898. The architect was J P Osborne and was the same for firm Henry Jenkins and Son. Three tall storeys red brick with effectively painted plain stone dressings. Impressively scaled functional design with plinth and sill bands linking close set sills with consoles. Projecting dentil eaves cornice. The south end contains a wagon archway on ground floor with keystone whilst the north break has 3 close set round headed windows with keys and lintel impost blocks. Ground floor openings otherwise arcaded down to plinth with linked impost blocks and keystones; apron panels below window sills. First floor windows segmental arched and plain frieze carried across heads of second floor windows; consistent use of iron frame small pane windows.

The future for the building is uncertain and was set to be converted into flats and a conversion plan was drafted by PCPT Architects as the building is Grade II listed.

https://www.birminghampost.co.uk/bu...llery-quarter-factory-conversion-set-11415369 & http://www.pcptarchitects.co.uk/2015/10/18/unity-vittoria-works/

There was clear evidence of some work stripping the building had begun, such as lighting and conduit in the courtyard entrance and a few other empty rooms but obviously nothing has been done for a while.



The Explore



Another lead thrown in my direction by @clebby.

So I’d driven passed this a few times and decided to have another look with a pal and we gave it a crack. Entry was fairly simple and from what I heard all and sundry visited it in the few days after we were there.

Inside was a bit dark and dingy and we didn’t catch the place in the best light and didn’t actually expect to get in. It was a fairly rushed visit so we took our pics as quickly as we possibly could.

Some of the stuff left in here was simply awesome. Metal working tools that took me back to being an apprentice. The likes of which just don’t get used these days.

I’d have killed for the flypress’s, press tools and scales out of here to go into a museum.

There’s an idea, Birmingham should have a museum for the history of the jewellery quarter

Anyways enjoy the pics































 

mockney reject

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#3
There already is a museum about the Jewellery Quarter! Museum website
Sorry I was being sarcastic, I hate to see old engineering tools go to waste

I never got to visit the museum, I will have to make a trip up to see it and whatever else the Jewellery Quarter has to offer.
 
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To be fair, they can't save everything! Dread to think how much stuff is already in museum storage rooms.

Bham museums are excellent though, well worth doing the rounds!
 

mockney reject

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#5
To be fair, they can't save everything! Dread to think how much stuff is already in museum storage rooms.

Bham museums are excellent though, well worth doing the rounds!
yeah i know they can't :(

I'd love to have a rummage around a few museum storage rooms, The Science museum being one. I know they have a Pocock Padded Cell in theirs lol

If i ever get up that way for a weekend again I'll add the museums to my list
 

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