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Report - Watchmakers Factory, West Midlands, May 2010

Covcouple

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This is 3rd post in as many days but is from an exploration 12 months ago. The site is five minutes down the road from us. Despite promises from the Council of renovating and rejuvenating the site, the promises never came to fruition and the rear of the site was demolished last year. This year the site was set on fire by juveniles

The suburb of Chapel Fields consisted of watchmakers houses. Most of the masters houses faced Allesley Old Road. These were middle class terraced dwellings with bay windows, three bedrooms on the first floor and servants rooms in the attics. The workshops were in two storied wings built out into the back gardens increasing in length as trade prospered. Duke Street, Lord Street and Mount Street contained smaller watchmakers houses, each having a front and back room on the ground floor and two bedrooms. It was two storied at the front but a shallower roof pitch gave room for an extra storey at the rear.

This is how the factory looked in its hayday:

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This is how it looked last year:

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This is how it would have been on the inside:

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And this is it now:

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Enjoy the rest!

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