By Russ, Jewellery Quarter Research Trust

The site was built by W. Tadman Foulkes as a three-storey building in brick, with stone sills and lintels. It was described as a building with ‘four dwelling houses with shopping attached’, combining domestic and industrial uses. The design, which was probably a speculative development by the jewellery firm of Bishton & Fletcher, consisted of two entries leading into the rear of two pairs of houses with domestic rooms at the front and workshops at the rear. On the ground floor, there was a heated parlour and living room separated by a stair hall opening off the passage, and each house had a separate cellar. The rest of the ground floor of the rear range was used for shopping. In 1891, the Baker family of 6 were residents but by 1901, there were no tenants.

Several companies used the building as a factory, including the electroplate manufacturers A. R Middleton. It is notable that Sgt. E. A. Lowell of the Wiltshire Regiment, an employee of A. R. Middleton, was killed in action in France in June 1970, leaving a widow and four children. Wooley & Co, who occupied the site in the late 19th and early 10th century, used the building as a factory to produce military ornaments. The company were fined in November 1890 for having Percival Gardener and Fisher working when they should have been in school.

Building Timeline




A. R. Middleton – electroplate manufacturers


John Green & Co. – Jewellers

1890 –1900s

Wooley & Co. – Military ornaments

1892 – 1960s

George W. Hughes – steel pen manufacturer – later expanded to 8/9 Legge Lane