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JW Evans, Silver Factory, Birmingham - Site Visit c.2009

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Wed 2nd Oct 2019
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In the 2008, English Hertiage acquired one of the last remaining traditional silverware makers from it's current owner, and restored the building and opened to the public in 2011.

See my connections to the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter & Liberty's - see Liberty of London - Chesham & Historical Family Connections

Early on, whilst they were restoring the building (some parts were in a fairly dilapidated state), I and other visitors were allowed to make a site visit, wearing hard hats and high viz vests.

JW Evans building under restoration.
The building under restoration.

JW Evans building under restoration.
The building under restoration.

The photos below were taken on this visit, which was truely fascinating. I recall that I was the first to turn up, and we were the first tour. If so, that makes me the first visitor to JW Evans under English Hertiage!

We were shown around by the last owner, I wish I could recall his name, but an Evans I believe.

Previous owner showing us around unrestored parts.
Previous owner showing us around unrestored parts.

Like many of the Jewellery Quarter buildings in Birmingham, the properties started out as standard Vistorian houses, with gardens at the back, but as the owners worked from home and expanded their buildings, they extended out the back, and bought up adject properties. The site was therefore a much extended rabbit warren of a property which would in no way conform to any modern day building regulations!

silverware stamps
Some of the many stamps used to create the silverware.

More stamps and tools.
More stamps and tools.

More stamps and tools.
More stamps and tools.

Non watertight parts of building
Parts of the building were not watertight!

Drop stamps.
Drop stamps.

Tools in unrestored area.
Tools in unrestored area.

Lots of scaffolding.
Lots of scaffolding.

Lots of scaffolding.
Lots of scaffolding.

Original office light
One of the original offices.

Some useful links:
J. W. Evans Silver Factory - English Heritage www.english-heritage.org.uk
Birmingham's Museum of the Jewellery Quarter www.birminghammuseums.org.uk

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