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Automotive House

A Grade II Listed Building in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton

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Latitude: 52.5717 / 52°34'18"N

Longitude: -2.1308 / 2°7'50"W

OS Eastings: 391232

OS Northings: 297104

OS Grid: SO912971

Mapcode National: GBR 1CQ.QH

Mapcode Global: WHBFZ.7MLB

Plus Code: 9C4VHVC9+MM

Entry Name: Automotive House

Listing Date: 22 March 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1252655

English Heritage Legacy ID: 435695

Location: Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, WV2

County: Wolverhampton

Electoral Ward/Division: Blakenhall

Built-Up Area: Wolverhampton

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Wolverhampton St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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895-1/5/10010 Automotive House


Car factory , now works, and empty at the time of inspection. 1905-6, with minor late C20 alterations. By Joseph Lavender, F.R.I.B.A., for the Sunbeam Motor Car Company, and incorporating the site of the first workshop in which a Sunbeam motor car was produced.
Red brick with painted dressings beneath a Welsh-slated roof 3-storey street frontage office and showroom range, with 4 bay single storey north-light workshop range behind.
North-west elevation; 3 storeys, 11 bays, with 3-bay central entry defined by full-height pilasters, the centre bay with a diminutive pediment, and slightly advanced. Double doorway with panelled doors below keyed semi-circular head, all beneath a segmental pediment. The bays either side of the doorway each have a 3-light window, originally comprised of 3 sash windows, some now altered, beneath a segmental brick arch with an advanced keyblock which links with a sloping string course. Above, at first and second floor levels are coupled sash windows with sma1l-paned upper sashes. This pattern is repeated in each of the 2 bays flanking the entrance bays. The 2 bays at either end of the frontage range sit beneath a broad coped gable with a keyed semi circular arched window above the window head cornice, matching that of the entrance bay. The north-east end bay has full height double doors which formerly led into a covered yard. 4 bays of north light sheds to rear with strutted trusses supporting a ridge beam. Strutted king post trusses to 3-storey range. Original plans and elevations, signed by the architect and dated 31 Jan. 1905 survive. Automotive House was the first purpose-built works of the Sunbeam Motor Car Company, and one of the earliest car factories in England.

Listing NGR: SO9123297104

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