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Imex Business Park torrington International Including Sports and Social Club

A Grade II Listed Building in Blakenhall, City of Wolverhampton

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5719 / 52°34'18"N

Longitude: -2.131 / 2°7'51"W

OS Eastings: 391219

OS Northings: 297124

OS Grid: SO912971

Mapcode National: GBR 1CQ.NF

Mapcode Global: WHBFZ.7MH6

Entry Name: Imex Business Park torrington International Including Sports and Social Club

Listing Date: 31 March 1992

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1293045

English Heritage Legacy ID: 378613

Location: Wolverhampton, WV2

County: City of Wolverhampton

Electoral Ward/Division: Blakenhall

Parish: Non Civil Parish

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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Listing Text


WOLVERHAMPTON

SO99NW UPPER VILLIERS STREET
895-1/5/41 (West side)
Torrington International including
Sports and Social Club

GV II

Includes: Nos.1-30 Imex Business Park MOORFIELDS ROAD
Blakenhall.
Car factory. c1906. For Sunbeam Motor Car Co. Brick with
ashlar dressings; slate roofs and brick stack. 2 storeys;
7-window centre flanked by 9-window range to left and 7-window
range to right, with further single-storey, 8-window range to
right. Centre has cornices to both floors, and coped parapet
with end Dutch gables; flanking ranges have windows recessed
between piers, except end windows. Central segmental-arched
throughway has keystone and iron gates; flanking round-headed
recesses have rusticated voussoirs, that to left with C20
entrance and flanking windows, that to right with flanking
segmental-headed recessed brick panels; 1st floor has
single-chamfered-mullioned and transomed windows, that to
centre with large round-headed light, flanking 2:3:2-light
windows. Flanking ranges have paired windows to ground floor
with cornices over one-over-4-pane horned sashes; 1st floor
has segmental-headed windows with moulded arches and keystones
over casements, narrow end windows; end segmental-arched
throughways with imposts and keystones, that to left with C20
infill for Sports and Social Club. Single-storey range has
segmental-headed windows with imposts and keystones over
tripartite sashes with small-paned overlights. Right return to
Sunbeam Street has 9 coped and panelled gables; 3 windows in
segmental-headed recesses to each gable, most with small-paned
iron glazing; similar elevation to Moorfield Road to left of
corner garage; 16 asymmetrical gables and C20 entrances and
windows.
INTERIOR of sheds has lattice girders on iron columns, with
similar roof trusses. One of the earliest purpose-built car
factories in England, also representing an important local
industry. It is also one of the first to use an open-plan
design instead of the C19 courtyard plan. Cars were made here
until 1935, and commercial vehicles until 1960s.
(Collins P: Notes on buildings of interest in Wolverhampton:
1990-).


Listing NGR: SO9121997124

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

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