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Old Grammar School

A Grade II* Listed Building in Birmingham, Birmingham

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Latitude: 52.409 / 52°24'32"N

Longitude: -1.9284 / 1°55'42"W

OS Eastings: 404963

OS Northings: 278997

OS Grid: SP049789

Mapcode National: GBR 3GG.Z4V

Mapcode Global: VH9Z8.JQC5

Plus Code: 9C4WC35C+HJ

Entry Name: Old Grammar School

Listing Date: 25 April 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1211444

English Heritage Legacy ID: 217166

Location: Birmingham, B30

County: Birmingham

Electoral Ward/Division: Kings Norton

Built-Up Area: Birmingham

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Kings Norton

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Enhancement on 04/06/2018

SP 0478 NE

Kings Norton
St Nicholas' Place
Old Grammar School

(Formerly listed as Old Grammar School on the north side of the churchyard to the Church of St Nicholas, THE GREEN)


Probably built as the priest's house to St Nicholas's Church. Early C15 altered. Stone plinth; ground floor brick with stone quoins; first floor half-timbered.

Two storeys; three bays, the centre one advanced, gabled and containing the porch. Ground floor apparently underbuilt when the porch was added probably in the late C16. All windows mullioned, in stone on the ground floor and in wood on the first. On the right hand return, a window with rusticated tracery. To the left, a modern staircase of c1910. Inside, some simple C17 panelling and the roof of three trusses forming two centred arches.

HISTORICAL NOTE: The building, while empty, was the target of an unusual attack by suffragettes. The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), formed by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903, used militant methods including attacks on property its campaign to get the vote. This extended to arson, but as the target was property rather than people suffragettes only attacked empty buildings. In April 1913 two windows were forced open but no fire was set. A message on the blackboard read ‘Two Suffragists have entered here, but charmed with this old-world room, have refrained from their design of destruction.’

This list entry was amended in 2018 as part of the centenary commemorations of the 1918 Representation of the People Act.

Listing NGR: SP0496278998

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

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