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Front Range of the Birmingham Mint Facing Icknield Street, and Buildings Around the Courtyard

A Grade II Listed Building in Ladywood, Birmingham

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Latitude: 52.4878 / 52°29'15"N

Longitude: -1.9165 / 1°54'59"W

OS Eastings: 405765

OS Northings: 287762

OS Grid: SP057877

Mapcode National: GBR 5W6.Q2

Mapcode Global: VH9YW.QQPR

Entry Name: Front Range of the Birmingham Mint Facing Icknield Street, and Buildings Around the Courtyard

Listing Date: 8 July 1982

Last Amended: 17 June 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1076314

English Heritage Legacy ID: 217321

Location: Birmingham, B18

County: Birmingham

Electoral Ward/Division: Ladywood

Built-Up Area: Birmingham

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Birmingham St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 08/02/2013

SP 08 NE 7/58

Hockley B18
Front Range of the Birmingham Mint facing Icknield Street, and buildings around the courtyard

(Formerly listed as The Birmingham Mint)


Transferred to this site in 1860, the Birmingham Mint was the largest independent mint in the world. Built around a rectangular yard the works have a symmetrical formal elevation to the street, in an Italianate red brick style. A long range on 3 storeys of 2:5:1:5:2 bays, the end pairs and broader pedimented centre breaking forward. Hipped slate roofs. Ground floor has round headed windows recessed in arcade with ashlar impost band and keystones, rising from basement plinth and containing panelled sill zones. Entablature with projecting ashlar cornice over ground floor. Upper floors articulated by brick pilasters set on pedestals in the applied parapet, the first floor sill course broken forward over bases; panelled zones below second floor sills defined by sections of ashlar string course between the pilasters. Ashlar bed mould to main entablature with projecting ashlar eaves cornice. The centrepiece has channelled ashlar ground floor with large rounded archway, the keystone angled out as bracket to support 2 storey tripartite ashlar bow window with panelled aprons, divided by consoles on second floor; the main entablature is broken forward over the bow. The range along the street is the front range of a quadrangular plan, of which the interior faces of the courtyard have an arcaded treatment. The Mint owes its origin to a business founded by the Heaton family in 1794; by 1851 the company began minting coinage and was responsible for many important developments in minting technology. The Birmingham Mint has the longest history of any independent mint in the world.

Listing NGR: SP0574587810

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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