By Lynda Hall and Julie Caldicott, research volunteers
Grade II Listed premises which formed a group, purpose built circa c1860 – 1870 (likely that several small manufactories occupied this site previously). There was no evidence that the buildings were used as domestic premises . All 3 buildings provided frontages to workshops, offices, showroom & yard space, incorporating fires and chimneys evolving over time into combined premises from where several small businesses traded simultaneously during the 19th & 20th centuries – reflected by one or more traders occupying the same postal address, a practice not unusual during these times. The premises also incorporated covered workshops sited in the courtyards at the rear of the properties.
The timeline, whilst showing various traders, focuses on the common thread of a single trader evident between 1871 until 1944.
John Fletcher and Frederick Bauer (A British National born Hanover) – Watchmaker Merchant and Factor. There is no evidence to show there was a partnership and the Bauers continue in business after Fletcher disappeared from the Trades Directory. Frederick Bauer died in 1885 but the business continued with his son Emil Bauer and Frederick William (another son).
John Fletcher - Jeweller
John Fletcher and Frederick Bauer (A British National born Hanover) – Watchmaker Merchant and Factor.
Emil Bauer (son of Frederick) aged 12 at this time - a Jeweller Factor & Agent.
Emil & Frederick Bauer (brothers) Wholesale jewellers trading as E&F Bauer (B’ham Jewellers stamp registered circa 1894)
Now incorporating 54/55 & 56 Albion St. Several traders inc. Albion Glass Co, E&F Bauer and Max Mayer, Diamond Merchant.
Regent Plating and E&F Bauer
B. Katz and Lourie – wholesale jeweller and E&F Bauer
1935 – 44
Various trades including an Export Merchant, Heraldic Engraver, Souvenir Goods, Watch manufacturers, Garage. The last entry shown for E&F Bauer at these premises.
Further trades were Metal Processors, silversmith, Die Sinkers, Albion Jewellery
E & F Bauer trademark, courtesy of www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk